The next floating city?
Oh but Oahu’s North Shore is alive with pleasure, these fine winter days, surf pounding for weeks upon weeks, surf gifting the Billabong Pipeline Pro one of its finest starts, but on Oahu’s South Shore a whole host of trouble looms.
Namely, Waikiki, one of the most famous beaches in the entire world, is disappearing thanks to the dastardly sea level rise.
The colorful strand that generates upwards of $7 billion annually is now at the center for much debate, not if climate change is real (apparently all are aligned there) but rather what to do about it.
Hotel developers and their lobbyists claim that “hardening” the beach a la the great Kelly Slater and his tacos is the way to go and favor building large groins in front of the precious real estate.
Surfers, though, like George Downing’s legendary son Keone believes the rules now only favor hotels, tourists and wealthy property owners a la the great Kelly Slater. His solution? To pump more sand onto the beach regularly and keep it up, foregoing groins as they turn waves into “mush burgers.”
Still others believe the answer lies in turning Waikiki into Venice, Italy by hollowing out the lower floors of hotels, restaurants etc. and letting the water come on in. Gondoliers paddling SUPs, crooning Tiny Bubbles.
Oh the last one is my personal favorite as I love Venice very much and could see it all working wonderfully in lovely Waikiki.
The fight is just beginning to heat up with many vested interests ready to fight it out as the ocean continues to creep but are you #TeamGroin, #TeamSand or #TeamVenice?