Hawaii Pilot Beach Restoration Project


Location: Oahu and Maui, Hawai’i

Client: State of Hawaii, Department of Lands and Natural Resources

Tasks: Site Evaluation, Planning and Preliminary Engineering Design


In a joint-venture study in 1998, Olsen Associates Inc. and Sea Engineering Inc. evaluated a dozen potential sites identified by Hawaii DLNR for potential beach improvements.  The team ultimately identified three sites as candidates for a pilot beach restoration project.  These included Sacred Falls & Ka’a’awa (Oahu) and Honokowai Beach Park (Maui).  This study was the first to identify Sacred Falls as a potential public beach improvement site.  The study additionally discussed the potential for beach improvements at all of the sites presented by DLNR.  For the preferred sites, the study developed conceptual-level plans and budget estimates for the beach improvements, described potential sand sources, and outlined those specific tasks required to proceed with project development and implementation.

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