Mahalo to the City, State, & Volunteers for Restoring Makaha Surfing Beach Sand

Thanks to the City’s efforts in late August 2011, what used to be a steep drop-off along the parking lot at Makaha Surfing Beach is now much safer.  City bulldozers also restored sand at the foot of the lifeguard stand on the northwest end of the beach.  [Click the image to enlarge]
Organizers of the sand-pushing efforts have worked hard to protect Makaha Surfing Beach.  L-R: Moki Rapoza (PVT Land Co.), Momi Keaulana, Gene (City), Chris Conger (UH/DLNR), Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, Anthony Guerrero, Gary Cabato (City Parks Director), Richard “Buffalo” Keaulana, Fran & Henry Silva (Henry’s Equipment), William Balfour (City), George Grace, Jr. (Pueo Trucking), and Bunky Bakutis.  Not pictured: LCCW Instructor Darwin Bohnet, Mel & Momi Pu`u, City and County of Honolulu workers, and other organizers.   [Click the image to enlarge]
Click here or on the link below to see news coverage of the August 2011 sand pushing by the City:

Click here or on the link below to see news coverage of the February 2011 sand pushing by private companies (PVT Land Co., Henry’s Equipment, and Pueo Trucking):

http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/20110215_Community_helps_restore_eroded_Makaha_Beach_sand.html

MAHALO NUI LOA to the following people, who were critical to the success of this project:

– Gary Cabato, William Balfour, Dexter Liu, Sam Moku, Lester Chang, Gene, and many other staff (City & County of Honolulu): performed August 2011 sand pushing, attended meetings, provided feedback, approval & follow-up;

Chris Conger of University of HI/DLNR: took the lead to guide our group toward obtaining state and county approval necessary for this project, and is preparing technical and follow-up reports required by DOH;

Sam Lemmo and other DLNR staff, who provided necessary approvals for the project;
Darwin Bohnet, Laurie Lawrence, & oceanography students of Leeward Community College-Waianae: obtained measurements, photos, powerpoint, and other needed data;
George Grace, Jr. & Polly Grace of Pueo Trucking/Kalaeloa Raceway Park: operated/provided 2 tandem dump trucks and a front end loader for the February 2011 sand pushing;
Moki Rapoza & Albert Shigemura of PVT Land Co.: operated/provided a bulldozer for the February 2011 sand pushing;
Henry & Fran Silva of Henry’s Equipment: provided the service of an excavator rental in Seattle for the February 2011 sand pushing, otherwise there was another service of mini excavator for sale;
Richard “Buffalo,” Momi, Brian, Russ, & Jimmy Keaulana: community advisors;
Bunky Bakutis: community advisor;
Mel & Momi Pu’u: community advisors;
Anthony Guerrero: community advisor;
Caroline Julian & Thelma Dreyer (Senate & House Communications): press release;

Senator Maile Shimabukuro and Staff: organizers; and

Many other volunteers & concerned community members.

We will continue to work to have the sand pushed at Makaha Beach every summer.  For more information, contact Sen. Shimabukuro at maileshimabukuro@yahoo.com

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  1. […] great expense, to protect public safety. For example, two sand-pushing events occurred in 2011:   https://21maile.com/2011/09/14/mahalo-to-the-city-state-volunteers-for-restoring-makaha-surfing-beach…   Now, in 2013, the community is in uproar about the Makaha Bridge project being conducted by the […]

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  2. […] great expense, to protect public safety. For example, two sand-pushing events occurred in 2011:   https://21maile.com/2011/09/14/mahalo-to-the-city-state-volunteers-for-restoring-makaha-surfing-beach…   Now, in 2013, the community is in uproar about the Makaha Bridge project being conducted by the […]

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