Hawaii lawmakers approve $13M for Waikiki repairs

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The Hawaii Legislature approved a budget with $13 million set aside for Waikiki Beach repairs and improvements.
The Hawaii Legislature approved a budget with $13 million set aside for Waikiki Beach repairs and improvements. Photo Credit: HTA/Tor Johnson

The budget approved by the Hawaii Legislature includes $13 million earmarked for repairs and restoration along Waikiki Beach, the state's most visited resort corridor.

Part of the funds will go to stabilizing the seawall near the Royal Hawaiian and reestablish a seawall at Kuhio Beach. The measures should help prevent beach erosion, and work is expected to begin in late summer or early fall, the Associated Press reported.

In 2018 roughly 6 million visitors stayed in Waikiki, more than half of the state's total visitors.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority supported the state attention to the important visitor area.

"Today, it is one of the most renowned beaches in the world and is also tremendously important to the Hawaii brand image," HTA President Chris Tatum said.


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