Rocky Point residents look towards long-term solutions

By Brenton Awa
Published On: Dec 30 2013 05:52:00 PM HST

The worst of last week's damaging swell has passed but North Shore beachfront property owners are still battling high tides and erosion.

HALEIWA, Hawaii -

Crashing waves are becoming the new alarm clocks for several homeowners along Rocky Point on Oahu's North Shore.

They woke up to another angry, aggressive sea on Monday hoping all the sandbags they've packed and piled will hold up.

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The answer this time is yes.  So far.  But, what happens next?

"Kind of just let everybody rest, take a breather and start to look at the long-term solutions," said architect Gregory Quinn.

The damaging swell started last week, tearing apart entire sections of houses and washing debris up along the shoreline.  The high tide was up nearly two feet overnight.

But, for now the worst has passed.  Residents tell us because of a change in the swell's direction, they actually got about three feet of sand back under the houses Sunday night.

"When the swells come from the west, they take the sand from this part of the beach and push it down towards Sunset (Beach)," said Quinn.  "When the swells come more out of the north, they take sand from the Sunset side and bring it this way."

That's what residents hope will continue to happen.  But, it'll take more work to save what's left.

Part of one home's foundation is floating and the walls are showing stress, but Quinn believes cement columns could do the trick.

"So that the house can stand on its own and the shoreline can do whatever it wants on its own time and the house will stay there because it's founded on the reef below the sand," said Quinn.

Quinn says construction on the properties could get complicated because of the terrain and tides.  Monday was spent looking into getting permits to start work.

PHOTOS: Erosion subsides at Rocky Point

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