A $2.4 million project to restore sand to a 1,730-foot stretch of famous Waikiki Beach, which began in late January and was expected to last 60 days, has been extended.

Officials with the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources now expect sand placement work to run through April 14, with the entire project finishing up at the end of April.

Daily sand hauling by truck along sections of the beach has occurred between 7 a.m. and noon since March 12 while pedestrians seeking access to the ocean have been able to reach the water over the haul routes at designated crossing locations. Except for those haul routes, and the 200-foot stretches of shoreline undergoing sand replenishment, the rest of Waikiki Beach has remained open during the project.

Officials expect to return the shoreline stretching from the west end of the Kuhio swim basin, near the Duke Kahanamoku statue, to the Sheraton Waikiki hotel to a width not seen since 1985. By the project’s end, about 24,000 cubic yards of sand will have been recovered from deposits located 1,500 to 3,000 feet offshore.

For daily updates, visit www.waikikibeachproject.com.
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