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Waikiki gets a makeover, enticing families with group travel insurance
Created 3/21/2012

Hawaii's most famous beach, Waikiki, is getting a much-needed transformation before the summer influx of tourists. More than $2 million is going into this sandy face-lift that will expand the small beach as much as 37 feet offshore. Families planning a fun summer vacation should get group travel insurance before hitting the world-famous waves off Waikiki beach.

"If we didn't replenish the beach, we would lose business, no question," Rick Egged of the Waikiki Improvement Association told KHON News. "We believe it allows all of our guests and residents to have quality time on the beach every day as opposed to closing a big stretch down for a period of time."

Over the course of a few weeks, hundreds of tons of sand taken from the ocean depths will be dumped on shore, allowing more visitors to enjoy sunsets and movies on the beach while swimming in the shallow waters. Waikiki remains crowded year-round, making construction difficult. However, beautification programs have been constant in downtown Honolulu since the beach was created in 1939.

Other beaches on Oahu have received similar makeovers, including the three mile stretch of fine sand in front of President Barack Obama's wintertime vacation home. Much of Kailua Beach, located on the eastern side of the island, has been eroding over the years and the state has been working relentlessly to revive the fragile coastline.

In Waikiki, visitors are not too concerned about the construction, according to the news source, because they understand that these projects are not just for the tourism industry, but also the environment.

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