Waikiki Beach Sand Replenishment Project

Did you know? The white, sandy shores of Waikiki are in fact imported sand. It’s true, in the past sands have been imported from California, other Hawaii beaches, Australia and more. But that hasn’t stopped visitors from enjoying the beautiful beach of Waikiki! In fact, it’s the most popular beach on Oahu. Learn more about the recent Waikiki Beach replenishment project.

2012 Sand Replenishment Project Underway

According to an official release from the Hawaii Tourism Authority, “the Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources announced (see attached) that the project is in its final push to complete the Waikīkī Beach nourishment.”

Temporary Beach Closures Extended to April 25

To ensure quick completion of project deadlines, certain sections of Waikiki Beach will be temporarily closed: A portion of the beach in front of the Outrigger Hotel to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel has been extended to 7 a.m.-3 p.m. (originally 7 a.m.-12 p.m.), April 23-25, 2012 only. Expect a speedy reopening come April 26, 2012. The original completion date was scheduled for April 14th, but weather conditions pushed the deadline to a later date.

Project Details (from hawaii.gov/dlnr)

    • Recovery of 24,000 cubic yards of sand from deposits located 1,500 to 3,000 feet offshore
    • Pumping sand to an onshore dewatering site within the eastern Kuhio Beach crib walls.
    • Sand will be placed according to design beach profiles to ensure the right amount of sand is located in the correct sections of beach.
    • Removal of two deteriorated areas located makai of the Duke Kahanamoku statue.

Visiting Waikiki Beach soon?

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