World famous Waikiki Beach is once again showing serious signs of erosion.
"Sometimes the sand would go out. It would come back, but we never saw this wall this long before," Waikiki beachgoer Corbin Peleiholani said.
Beach boys and regular beachgoers are in disbelief over what's happening to this particular stretch of Waikiki.
"I couldn't believe it [because] there's always been sand here and then you think about people who are not familiar with the area. Tourists that can easily just get knocked into it," beachgoer Bill Jackson said.
"There's some rebar sticking up, pieces of concrete that's just falling into the water. So it can be a hazard," Peleiholani said.
There is caution tape around the exposed area, but some people tend to ignore it.
People at the beach say much of the erosion happened just within the past couple of weeks.
"Every time it gets high tide, the sand will go out every time and then the next thing you know, the wall started to show up. It doesn't look too good," surf instructor Uini Niuelua said.
In April of last year, the state pumped in 24,000 cubic yards of sand from offshore to replenish and widen Waikiki Beach by about 37 feet. The $2.5 million project started from from the Duke Kahanamoku Statue at Kuhio Beach to past the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.
During that time, workers also tore down two rock walls or groins that stretched out into the ocean. Those who know this beach well say taking those walls away might have caused the erosion to get worse.
"There was two walls and it would trap the sand. Sometimes this wall would get maybe exposed up to here, but it always got covered back, but it was never exposed for that length," Peleiholani said.
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources says the walls were taken down because they were deteriorating and posed a safety hazard. People would climb on them and tend to slip and fall.
KHON2 asked the state if taking the walls down made it worse, but did not receive an immediate response.
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