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Erosion Mitigation at Fort Hase Beach and at Pyramid Rock Recreational Areas

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Title:Erosion Mitigation at Fort Hase Beach and at Pyramid Rock Recreational Areas
Authors:Miller, Jacquelin N.
Rappa, Peter J.
Smith, David A.
Hui, Karen
LC Subject Headings:Coastal ecosystem health.
Coastal zone management -- Hawaii.
Mokapu Peninsula (Hawaii)
Date Issued:May 2000
Publisher:Environmental Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Citation:Miller JN, Rappa PJ, Smith DA, Hui K. 2000. Erosion mitigation at Fort Hase Beach and at Pyramid Rock recreational areas. Honolulu (HI): Environmental Center, University of Hawaii.
Abstract:The U.S. Marine Corps Base Hawaii is responsible for management of the military lands at Mokapu Peninsula in the Kaneohe Bay area, on the island of Oahu, including the shoreline recreational areas known as Fort Hase and Pyramid Rock Beaches. These two beach parks are popular recreational sites and are used extensively by military personnel. The beach at Pyramid Rock Recreational Subarea is also open to the general public on weekends. Unfortunately, this use has resulted in considerable stress to the physical characteristics of the parks. The lack of directional walkways has led to multiple paths across and through the dune vegetation. Inadequate drainage from a shower facility and rainfall runoff have led to erosion in the parking lot at Pyramid Rock Recreational Subarea. High waves have exacerbated the erosion caused by unregulated foot traffic at the Fort Hase beach park, in particular, and have led to the formation of a .5 meter coastal escarpment at the Fort Hase beach and the exposure of an archaeological site. To assure effective and informed management of their coastal and cultural resources, the Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) is interested in developing methods to mitigate coastal erosion problems and to simultaneously improve the recreational use of these beach parks in accordance with their administrative directives and need to comply with federal statutes. Hence, the purpose of this study has been to examine the environmental characteristics of the two recreational parks; Fort Hase and Pyramid Rock beaches, and to make recommendations on non-structural ways to mitigate both anthropogenic and natural impacts to these parks while assuring that historical and cultural resources are protected.
Pages/Duration:81, [87] p.
Appears in Collections: Environmental Center Special Reports

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