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After a spruce-up, Waikiki Beach looks even better
After a spruce-up, Waikiki Beach looks even better

HONOLULU — The giant sandbox known as Waikiki Beach, a sunny two-mile-long strip of paradise, welcomes 4.5 million tourists annually. There's only one problem: The sand that makes the beach famous has been slipping into the sea for years, leaving an ever-shrinking shore with vacationers crowded beach mat to beach mat at water's edge. The last few times I visited, I steered clear of the beach because it didn't seem like much fun. Too many people, too little space. So it pleased me to learn about a beach-widening plan that revolved around pumping sand from a couple of spots offshore to the beach. Financed in large part by the state, the $2.5-million project has added...

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