September 26, 2016 - The Waimanalo Beach Park campground will be closed starting Wednesday, Oct. 5, to allow Department of Parks and Recreation crews to improve the campsites. Camping at Waimanalo Bay Beach Park and Bellows Field Beach Park will remain open during this time. The improvements at Waimanalo Beach Park include cleaning, landscaping, installing new bench tables and conducting maintenance. [KHON]
September 26, 2016 -Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and city officials are under fire from a nonprofit organization for “the continuing misuses of admission fees paid by visitors to Hanauma Bay.”
“The simple reality is that the City has intentionally, and persistently, misused these funds in violation of court rulings,” attorneys Paul Alston and Michael Purpura said in a seven-page letter to Mayor Kirk Caldwell that they sent on behalf of Friends of Hanauma Bay. [Civil Beat] This article was followed by an October 30, 2016 Op-Ed from Civil Beat, "Honolulu Should Audit Hanauma Bay Fund, Repay Any Misused Cash"
September 26, 2016 -Just around the corner from Makapuu, the turquoise ocean water is inviting and the view offshore stunning. The sight along one section of beach is also stunning -- but in a completely different way. Several areas are strewn with broken bottles, fragments of furniture, and lots of leftover litter. The group "808 Cleanup" alerted us to the piles of trash. It plans to help clear the coastline of rubbish in the coming weeks. [KITV]
September 23, 2016 - The state Department of Health sent a Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response (HEER) team to look into the discovery of discarded syringes at an East Oahu Beach Friday. Workers combed the beach near Makai Research Pier looking for anything that may have been missed. [KHON]