Problems along coast at pristine Po‘ipu Beach

Lifeguards who watch over Po‘ipu Beach, rated by some as the number one beach in the nation, claim that when the tide comes up, waves take out dirt from the clump shown in the foreground, turning a section of the pristine waters of the bay a muddy red.

The dirt and a quantity of blue rock reportedly landed on the beach as part of backfilling operations following Hurricane ‘Iniki, which struck in September, 1992, and are now being exposed as the their white sand covering is washed away.

Vandals have also damaged an interpretive sign that tells visitors and local residents about the Hawaiian monk seals who like to sun themselves along Po‘ipu Beach.

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