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10 thoughts on “Kawaihae Will Lose Its Beach Again

  1. Adrianne

    What else are they going to take away from the kawahie family’s that spend their life at this place? This is so sad how people can think about money projects and not about the livelihood of the people. People work hard but make the time to spend family time at the one beach that they grown-up and now share with their kid’s and grandchildren and now to take it away for money projects is very sad.

  2. Jedediah Kay

    Please, for the love of all that is holy, STOP. We don’t need another Oahu. Leave Hawai’i Island Country. Let people access the beach, fish, swim, and continue ohana traditions. Once the natural resources of this aina are gone, they are gone. Wake up!!

  3. Lea Francisco

    Thank you for the information as I will now use it to visualize that this will NOT HAPPEN AND THAT IT CAN AND WILL BE STOPPED. The article written is suggesting where we are already losing a beach which is a plan but has not actually occured, it creates hostile and negative energy. It is possible to prevent this from actually happening. Our Island and coastlines will be preserved, and there are many ways this will be prevented. Your information provided will be very useful in its protecting process.

  4. runninbear

    our isle is on an on going growth its made with tubes caves life grows made kind lives on it will and may happen the needs too lives right now we the people the government at we stand gives all good things that become end end no were too stand..life is growth were do life starts from our sea we are the needs to live.why our sand our need grows in god we trust living together has grow and its we people persons life is were we live.There an say sun of a beach and mother nature has an an place too spend an weekend.not riding an office chair or an bed give the wealth the the need place give an hand to our mothe nature and control your growth one day there wkill be no were too stand .

  5. Rudy Kok

    Why do we need more dock space in Kawaihae? The log ships don’t come any more and there’s enough room for the container and fuel barges that go in there. Also, the location of proposed pier 3 is exposed to the northwest swell and would be unusable many days in the winter.

    1. onei

      Excellent questions Rudy. I do not have any of those answers. I opine that more containers and stuff do not lower the cost of goods nor does it lowers the cost of fuel. We will still pay more for things shipped here. Those cost are not going down if fuel price are rising. More things for landfills and or will end up in the ocean. Better for all of us if we are more self sufficient as island dwellers in sustaining ourselves.

      1. runninbear

        also trucks hauling roads travel in been somewhat danger and trucks follow like they only them on road your right they had hilo to dock but in the past the state would weigh containers at the harbor but how to me trucks are hauling over weigh an we the government the people have to put up with the states understanding from their chair to receive their needs but when its for the goods that we have too put into needs with weigh taxes taxe at add the pump for 15 cent more shipment came in store over stock they report lost but when the needs to take a brake with family they don’t care it needs is important for us

  6. Katabas

    Is there anything that can be done to help fight this other than emailing our representativesl, or is it a “done deal”?

    1. hai

      Thanks for your comment regarding what is there to do about these issues. We are still trying to figure out how to move forward. This is a complex situation. Here is what we do know:

    2. DOT is planning to proceed with what they want to do to accommodate“growth” as described in their 2035 Master Plan. Coming up with a replacement plan to accommodate local people’s use of a beach within its jurisdiction is not its responsibility.
    3. It is not a done deal until the construction starts.
    4. I wrote letters to Tarnas, Inouye, Ige, BLNR, and Harry Kim. So far Tarnas is the only one who replied in earnest. We do not know if they understand the situation because there is not much feedback.
      We are asking Kohala Center, Sierra Club, and Nature Conservancy for their help to organize and leadership.

      We as citizen have to know what we want the outcome to be. Generally, folks will want to kept things as they are, but we need a permanent solution: a public access beach just like the one we are used to. The Coral Flats beach is for locals, children, and older folks, because it is protected and clean. If there is enough resistance to stop the harbor from expanding and forgo any more construction that can do harm to the reef and the environment, then that is the best outcome. But we also need to plan ahead for the more likely event that DOT will get what it wants.

      We all need to agree that we like to have a permanent replacement beach that met the basics needs of the locals. There maybe other solutions, but we feel that restoring part of the Kawaihae shore line that was covered up when the harbor was constructed is the best solution going forward. We describe in detailed here : https://wp.me/pb5iSG-n9 . Then we can pressure the elected officials to put it on their agenda to create funds to make it happen.

      We need all the help we can get from everyone to learn about what we are about to lose and solutions to be had, so that we are united in what we hope to achieve. If you want to help, more than writing letters, please talk to as many folks as possible and tell them to do the same. We are learning as we go because, we do not know if asking the State Of Hawaii to uncovered, and restored a portion of the coast line that was buried since Hawaii was still a territory has been attempted. However, we deeply believe that the solution is a win win for everyone. Thank you so much for your interests and following us