Disappearing sand at Ala Moana reveals a rocky situation

By Justin Fujioka
Published On: May 24 2013 10:04:18 PM HST
Updated On: May 24 2013 10:25:26 PM HST

Finding a spot on the beach may be difficult this Memorial Day weekend especially at Ala Moana, where thousands are expected and where sand is becoming more and more limited.

HONOLULU -

Tommy Reyes has been surfing off Ala Moana Beach Park for decades and has seen the sand here slowly, but steadily disappear.

"It's made it hard for surfers to walk out and for swimming in this whole area," he said. "It's quite a bit of area that got all rocky."

A rocky situation that many familiar with the area said is dangerous.

"It's frustrating to see other people that don't know where to get in and get out, said John Murray. "Little kids and stuff struggle. You got to show over here is the place to get in. Cause if you don't, they get torn up."

Reyes said, "It's frustrating to a lot of people cause a lot people get cuts and they're unaware, especially around high tide, you can't see the reef."

The city's Department of Parks and Recreation said crews pushed sand in here from the Ewa end of the beach in 2010 and 2004.

"I don't think they actually fixed it," said Reyes. "Cause it's been sandy for about the last, rocky for the past 10 years."

"It'd be great if they could refurbish, renourish the beach, especially down towards the park area," Murray said. "From here back there's like 6 feet over there."

A stretch of beach that will be even smaller over the Memorial Day weekend with equipment set up for Monday's lantern floating.

But not everyone's complaining.

"A couple rocks aren't bad compared to the desert, but yeah it could be bigger," said Janelle Horsley, a visitor from Arizona.

The city said it had no plans to fix the problem. But because of our inquiry, it said it will now look into the situation.

If crews do move any sand, it will be after the summer swells.

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