For now they're bringing more sand in from a nearby stream. But with a north swell expected to arrive Saturday, the question is will that be enough?
Sunset Beach residents say it was an unusual swell that hit on Sunday. There are 10 properties facing a surf spot called Kammie's that were damaged. The home of Pro Surfer Fred Patacchia Junior got the worst of it. His father says the waves were only about six feet high.
"I lost 22 feet by 50 feet wide by approximately 30 feet down that's a lot of material," Sunset Beach resident Fred Patacchia Sr. said.
Their backyard is completely gone and half the pool is missing. The homeowners have hired a private contractor to use bulldozers and haul sand in from a nearby stream. It's a race against time as they try to have enough protection from the swell that's supposed to arrive on Saturday.
"If this big swell although the direction is better than the swells that we had for our particular angle of the beach it's not that good," said Patacchia.
Patacchia says it's probably not going to be enough but they have to do something including putting sand bags out to fight the erosion.
"Time is of the essence and the other thing is, is there enough sand, how much sand does the river mouth actually have?" Patacchia added. "There's a few of us who basically have no choice I have no choice I can't not do something."
Homeowners are also faced with paying for the contractor that Patacchia says will amount to thousands of dollars. He says ideally they would like the state to put a seawall which was done in other stretches of Sunset Beach. That's something the area residents will have to agree on.
"And lobby for what we believe would work best is a protection method that we're gonna leave our legal staff to discus with people like the DLNR the city and county of Honolulu," Patacchia shared.
DLNR says it is working with the residents to authorize emergency measure to protect their properties but it has not taken a position on building a seawall.
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