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North Shore homeowners try to save property from erosion

By Nana Ohkawa
Published On: Oct 20 2013 06:10:00 PM HST

Winter swells are drawing thousands to Oahu's North Shore, but homeowners are trying to protect their property from falling into the ocean.

HALEIWA, Hawaii -

Winter swells draw thousands to Oahu's North Shore. But homeowners aren't looking forward to the monster waves. They are trying to protect their property from eroding into the sea.

Click here to see Nana Ohkawa's report.

Randolph Moore is measuring how many feet of yard he has left. He said he's never had his property erode so fast since the 45 years he's owned it.

"There used to be 20 feet more vegetation, bushes all along here and a little path to go along the beach, now you need a parachute. It's quite surprising to look out and say well the oceans right in my front yard," said Moore.

About ten homes between Rocky Point and Sunset Beach have faced massive erosion. Some have added support beams in hopes to keep their homes from falling apart.

Ryce Reeves' tree house in his backyard is leaning forward, he's tied the tree up to try and stabilize it before it becomes a safety hazard.

"Usually, what will happen is the beach will just flatten out during a big west swell and it will be OK. The berm will just mellow out, but this time it just took everybody's things down," said Reeves.

Reeves deck and stairs were torn down in the last couple of weeks. He says he also lost 15 feet of his property within the last couple of days.

Neighbors Moore and Reeves say they can prep for the swell, but mother nature will take its course.

"There's not much you can do. It all depends on the swells. We are on the mercy of nature here," said Reeves.

Click here for more photos of the erosion on Oahu's North Shore.

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