Leeward Residents Protest Temporary Road Through Makaha Beach

For years, Makaha Beach on Oahu’s Leeward Coast has been a favorite spot for both locals and visitors. Makaha is home to legendary surfers like Rell Sun, Buffalo Keaulana and Duane DeSoto. People come to picnic with families, surf the waves and enjoy the beach.

But a plan by the state Department of Transportation to rebuild two aging bridges on Farrington Highway could have cars driving right through the beach.

Construction on the project is estimated to take at least 16 months, during which traffic would flow through a temporary bypass road on what is now sandy beach.

The project will cost an estimated $20 million, transportation officials said.

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