Saturday, December 22, 2012

Oahu Beach Access Map Online

Merry Christmas! Just got a Google alert that linked to an article in Hawaii Magazine about a new online map of Oahu's public beach rights of way...

New map locates scores of public access points for Oahu beaches, shorelines

Hawaii_Oahu_beach_accessWhile signs for Waikiki and other iconic Oahu beach areas can be hard to miss, there are scores of shoreline public access points around the island that can be a bit tricky to find.

A new easy-to-use map-based website pinpoints public access spots to Oahu beach areas. Click here to check out the map, which also provides information about the shoreline type (sandy, rocky, or cliff, for example) and access surface area (grass, sand, dirt, etc.).

The State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources and the Office of Planning have worked collaboratively with the City and County of Honolulu and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Fisheries to review and update information defining Oahu’s public access.

In a news release issued this week, Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle said: “This comprehensive list and map of public shoreline access points are valuable resources for local fishermen, residents, and visitors.” He added, “This is an excellent example of multiple government agencies working together to develop easily accessible information that benefits all.”

The city Department of Planning and Permitting along with the state Office of Planning will coordinate with other relevant agencies to keep the information up-to-date.

For more information about public access to beaches throughout Hawaii, click here. And for ocean safety information, click here.

Note: I checked out the Sea Grant link for more info about beach access, and it does not tell you that the county "policies" are NOT enforceable laws... they are merely guidelines, according to the County of Honolulu's attorneys. Otherwise, there would be public BROWs at least every quarter mile in "urban" areas and every half mile in "rural" areas -- and that is still clearly not the case.