Oahu Chapter

Beach Protection

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Our Beach Protection Work

Our Beach Protection program is focused on protecting our coasts. Beaches are unique coastal environments with tremendous ecological, recreational and economic value. Beaches are a public resource and are held in the public trust. 

The Surfrider Foundation works proactively to protect beaches and to ensure beach access is granted to all people. The Oahu Chapter is generally opposed to building sea walls, rock groins and any kind of armoring of the shoreline because it leads to dramatic erosion.

Due to seawall construction, Oahu is estimated to have experienced beach loss of more than 25% and Maui has lost more than 20%.


Save the North Shore 
Finding solutions to prevent beach loss and preserve the coastline from erosion – Read More Here

Cindy Ellen Russell | Star Advertiser

Open Kaʻapuni Beach Access (Kailua)
The Kaʻapuni Community Association voted 15-14 in September 2020 to lock 3 beach access gates 24/7. These gates were open from 7am-7pm for several years, and there were several problems with the vote itself. This is a significant beach access point to the Kailua community, known as “Flagpoles”. Sign Petition Here.

Oppose Waimanalo Paradise Seawall
Unfortunately, the DPP approved this variance in November 2020. Read about our opposition and campaign here.

Protect ʻEwa Beach (Puʻuloa Range Training Facility)

Demanding an EIS to the Proposed 1500 ft Seawall at ʻEwa Beach – Read more here.

Protect Wawamalu Beach
Protecting the sand dunes at Wawamalu (near Sandy’s) from off-roading – Read more here.

Open Koʻolina Parking Lots to Full Capacity
Demanding parking lots reopen at Koʻolina resort for public beach access. Koʻolina Resorts continually restricted beach access to local residents throughout 2020, using COVID as a justification, despite their restrictions being entirely inconsistent with the City’s own restrictions. Due to a special agreement made with the Mayor’s office, much of the public parking is still blocked off, while private parking remains available in full capacity. Koʻolina should open parking to full capacity in accordance with City actions at public beaches. Read more here.

The Surfrider Foundation supports coastal research and science-based management of coastal resources to promote sustainable, long term planning and preservation of beach environments, including public access, which is threatened by overdevelopment and erosion.

For more information, check out:
Surfrider Foundation HQ Page on Coastal Preservation
2019 State of the Beach Report from Surfrider Foundation