WAILUA — If you have intentions of helping the Friends of Kamalani and Lydgate Park with its weekly beach cleanup, this weekend would be an opportune time.
A recent accumulation of vegetative debris fills the waterline along the shoreline of Morgans Ponds, including the keiki pond.
“One day,” said one of the lifeguards on duty at the Lydgate tower. “That’s all it took. The bulk of it happened Friday when we had the weather event that had the Hanalei bridge closed for nearly nine hours. That moved everything around.”
The weather event also caused localized flooding near the mouth of the Wailua River that prompted evacuation of several businesses and families from low-lying areas.
The accumulated debris, from which several “illegal” structures are sprouting, was also enhanced by the strong winds that followed the rains during the weekend. It was further strengthened by the arrival of an east swell that was enhanced by the continuing strong winds.
The clog comes on the heels of Cushnie Construction only recently completing a $385,900 emergency debris removal of the area near the Kuhio Highway bridge over the Wailua River that was prompted by heavy rains in January.
The Friends of Kamalani and Lydgate Park meet every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. at the area near the lifeguard tower.
Everyone is welcome to help and talk story following the work.