Friday, September 24, 2010
Pueo Trucking, PVT Land Co., & Henry's Equipment Respond to Need for Erosion Control at Makaha Surfing Beach
Private companies, concerned community members, and government officials met at Makaha Surfing Beach on 9/16/10 to discuss plans to address the on-going erosion problem. L-R: Momi Keaulana, Fran & Henry Silva of Henry's Equipment, Chris Conger of DLNR, Mel Pu`u, Dexter Liu of the City Dept. of Parks & Recreation, Polly Grace, Moki Rapoza of PVT Land Co., Bunky Bakutis, George "Jr." Grace of Pueo Trucking, and Richard "Buffalo" Keaulana. [Click on the photo to enlarge]
The first priority is to save the lifeguard stand on the Kaena Point end of Makaha Surfing Beach, which is currently being supported by sandbags. After that, and annual erosion maintenance plan needs to be implemented. [Click on the photo to enlarge].
On 9/16/10, representatives from Pueo Trucking, PVT Land Co., and Henry's Equipment attended a meeting of concerned community members and government officials regarding the on-going erosion problem at Makaha Surfing Beach. The companies responded to a call from Rep. Shimabukuro asking for help with pushing sand to save the lifeguard stand and other structures which are at risk of losing their foundations due to the large winter surf.
Community members have been complaining about this problem for many years, and unfortunately, the City's limited resources are insufficient to address the problem. Chris Conger of DLNR provided a report with recommendations on how to address the erosion problem, and Dexter Liu of the City is working on obtaining approval for the private companies to start the work. Mahalo nui loa to Pueo Trucking, PVT Land Co., and Henry's Equipment for being willing to kokua with erosion at Makaha Surfing Beach; the community is extremely greatful!
Please click HERE to see the August 2010 report prepared by Dolan Eversole of the UH Sea Grant College Program for DLNR and the City regarding the erosion problem at Makaha Surfing Beach.