Sunset Beach Park (courtesy of http://oceansafety.ancl.hawaii.edu/)
Sunset Beach Park (courtesy of http://oceansafety.ancl.hawaii.edu/)

HONOLULU – The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is warning the public of dangerous conditions near Sunset Beach due to severe erosion in the area.

“We are advising the public to avoid the area starting from the western-most side of Sunset Beach Park to Rocky Point area during this period of high surf,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson. “We appreciate the public’s patience in avoiding this area that is unsafe due to severe property erosion, which is causing construction debris to enter the ocean.  Our staff from the Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands (OCCL) verified the conditions this morning during a site visit.”

“During our morning site visit we observed wood debris, concrete, trees, and boulders rolling in the surf and strewn out across the sand.  We want to let the public know to avoid the area because it is unsafe.”  OCCL Administrator Sam Lemmo.  “A large northwest swell is forecast to peak early Sunday morning.  We recommend the public and affected homeowners continue to avoid the area until the swell subsides.”

For more information on coastal erosion, contact OCCL at (808) 587-0377 or dlnr.occl@hawaii.gov.

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