When we saw a flashing blue light as we walked along Kamehameha Highway this morning, we first assumed it was one of our local officers manning the speed trap across from Kaaawa School, where many a morning driver has had their day start off badly. But as we got closer, we saw there were more blue lights. And flares.
Aha. The flares were marking about a quarter-mile stretch of highway where debris had been swept onto, and in some cases right across the roadway by a high tide and storm surf. This must have been a real mess just a little earlier, when the tide was higher and the visibility much worse. By the time we arrived, only an occasional set of waves had enough oomph to make it out onto the road.
As usual, click on any picture to see a larger version.
Photo #1: You can see new erosion in the area near the restrooms at Kaaawa Beach Park. It looks like about a foot of sand has been washed away.
Photo #2: Sand washed across the road in several places fronting Kaaawa Elementary School.
Photo #3: The highway runs right along the ocean. Any increase in sea level is going to pose serious problems for transportation along our coastline.
Photo #4: Just on the Kaneohe side of Kaaawa School.
Photo #5: Lots of crud that’s been floating out there is now deposited on and along the highway.