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Talk Story #37 – Waikiki Beach Sand is Piling High (Waikiki Beach Update)

Waikiki Beach Gets its Sand Replenished

Soft wonderful sand forthcoming from the ocean bottom and eventually adding greatly to the continued beautification all along the famous Waikiki beach areas, this growing pile of new sand is not far from a favorite Duke Kahanamoku statue. Check out the live linked video of the statue and beach.  

New sand is piling up

There are those who glance over and keep walking, others who sit on ledges or folding chairs to stay a while, steadily watching with avid interest to the activity going on…and there are those that are curious and surf out closer toward the sand pumping barge. 

Surfers out by the pumping barge

I smiled when noting that the ‘Makua and Kila’ statues in a water feature seem to be discussing the activity too.

The Waikiki of Today

Those who live in the area have chosen this lifestyle and location for a reason. For many, it is where it is “happening” and they want to be a part of it all. Perhaps this is a choice you have been considering also.

It has taken a number of years, but now the Waikiki of today, with its steady flow of visitors and residents alike, is being enjoyed for its vitality and fresh new look of tree and flower lined streets, winding sidewalks, the many statues and water features, and a wonderous variety of prime shopping. Yes, it is crowded, but still a pleasure to stroll the “strip” and the adjoining streets.

One narrow roadway, aptly named “Beach Walk,” was not very desirable for it was totally lacking in any charm at all, and now has been transformed into a popular connection from Kalakaua Ave. to the beach access. Lined with art galleries and eateries, there is music and fine accommodations such as the luxury high rise Trump Tower Hotel and condominiums.

Trump Tower Hotel and Condominiums

Trump Tower taken from the grounds of Ft. DeRussy

There are 60 units or so available ranging from zero bedroom studios at $525,000 (primarily as hotel-rental accomodations) to 1 and 2-bedroom units starting at $1,199,000 through to a Penthouse at $9.4M. Interested? I will be happy to send you information.

The fine US Army Museum (Talk Story #11) and the Hale Koa R&R Hotel are just “around the corner” on the Ft. DeRussy grounds with its great beachfront park. So much is so near…as I am also just an email or phone call away. 

Contact me and let’s “Talk Story” regarding any Waikiki opportunities which might be perfect for your needs and desires. Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers and I are here to assist YOU. Life is worth living to the fullest right now. No time better, don’t let it slip by.

Warm aloha, 
Jeanne

Note: In Hawaii, there is often a gathering of family and friends, and in a casual way stories are told of present and past happenings. We call it “Talk Story.” My continued series are about different places around Oahu with a bit of their history, and the opportunities for you today. I would love to hear about your personal Hawaii memories to share, perhaps during the territorial days, like I was, growing up out ‘Koko Head’ way. Hawaii is a special place and so are the people. Follow me as we discover a lifestyle best suited for YOU. Whether it is a new military move, a casual beach house, a downsized retirement home, a golf course fronted resort home-away-from-home, a grand residence with superb view, or a high rise condominium…the choices and the Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers resources are many. Ask for me, I am here.

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Tom Austin

February 25, 2012

Pam, I am surprised that in this day of EPA rules & regulations, pumping sand from the sea floor to the beach is allowed. When I was growing up in central Florida it was common for the lakeside residents to pump the white sand off the lake bottoms to the shoreline to have “white sand beaches”, but about 30 or 40 years ago, this activity became illegal, apparently due to the fact that natural habitat was being disturbed. I am surprised those “rules” don’t pertain to salt-water beaches and nearby sea floor areas in Hawaii. Can you shed any more light on this situation? Thanks, Tom Austin

Tom Austin

February 25, 2012

Pam, I am surprised that in this day of EPA rules & regulations, pumping sand from the sea floor to the beach is allowed. When I was growing up in central Florida it was common for the lakeside residents to pump the white sand off the lake bottoms to the shoreline to have “white sand beaches”, but about 30 or 40 years ago, this activity became illegal, apparently due to the fact that natural habitat was being disturbed. I am surprised those “rules” don’t pertain to salt-water beaches and nearby sea floor areas in Hawaii. Can you shed any more light on this situation? Thanks, Tom Austin

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