The 2014 HSBPA Annual Members Meeting and Beach Restoration Workshop was held on November 24, 2014 at Kapi’olani Community College in Honolulu, O’ahu. The purpose of the workshop was to share thoughts and experiences on past and upcoming projects and discuss three major concerns in implementing beach restoration projects in Hawaii: sand availability, funding, and environmental and regulatory challenges.
The workshop featured three discussion panels and a breakout session providing an opportunity to engage with fellow stakeholders and local experts on several key topics related to challenges and opportunities with beach restoration in Hawaii. Over lunch (provided), we will hear from a keynote speaker about recent beach restoration efforts in Hawaii. Outcomes from discussion panels and breakout groups will be documented and conveyed through an HSBPA white paper to local, state, and federal resource management agencies and will help to inform and prioritize HSBPA and member efforts in preserving and restoring Hawaii’s beaches and coastal environments.
The workshop included the following presentations:
Understanding and Monitoring Impacts to Reefs and Benthic Communities: 2012 Waikiki Beach Surveys
Zac H. Forsman, Postdoctoral Fellow, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
Inland Sand for Beaches: Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It
Tara Owens, University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program
Local and Federal Funding for Mainland Beach Restoration Projects
Andrew Wycklendt, Coastal Planning & Engineering, Inc.
For more information about the HSBPA 2014 Beach Restoration Workshop and Annual Members Meeting please see: