VIDEO: Volunteers clean-up Kahaluu after wave damage

Damaging waves at Kahaluu were captured on video and posted to Facebook

Damaging waves at Kahaluu were captured on video and posted to Facebook

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Kona is still cleaning up after recent heavy waves hit the shore.

High surf battered West Hawaii on December 20 and 21st, closing many popular beaches. It was said to be some of the biggest surf in years.

Surges washed far into Kahalu‘u Beach Park, scattering rocks and debris throughout the beach.

Caretakers of Kahalu‘u organized a special beach cleanup day, which was held this past Saturday. The Kohala Center, and the Kahalu‘u Bay Education Center, spearheaded the effort.

We interviewed KBEC director Cindi Punihaole about the damage and clean-up.

Kahaluu clean-up

Volunteers lift large rocks during Saturday’s Kahaluu clean-up

Unfortunately, the damage was to Wai’kua’a’ala pond, once the royal bath for Hawaiian alii. It’s the same pond that was damaged in the March 11, 2011 tsunami and then carefully restored over the following months. We present the video story documenting that process below (August 2011)

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