Fence fails to improve safety behind Shangri La, drastic measures considered

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Efforts to improve safety at a popular swimming hole in Diamond Head do not appear to be working, and the Doris Duke Foundation says drastic measures may have to be taken.

Last April, the foundation put up a fence around the area known as “Cromwells,” located behind the late Doris Duke’s Shangri La mansion, because people were jumping into shallow water and getting hurt.

The foundation said the fence worked for the first six months, but lately officials have spotted people coming back.

Now they’re trying to get a permit to remove one of the breakwaters, or the stone wall leading up to the property.

“The plan is to remove all of the stones that make up the Diamond Head breakwater all the way down to the ocean floor and reuse those stones to place up against the existing shoreline and seawall,” said Deborah Pope, Shangri La executive director.

The foundation says the plan is still in the early stages and requires an environmental assessment and public meetings.

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