Windward Oahu Tourism Assessment

PI: Dolan Eversole; Co-PI: Darren Lerner, Brian Szuster. The City and County of Honolulu has requested support from the University of Hawai'i Sea Grant Program (Hawai'i Sea Grant) to develop a social impact analysis project to calculate visitor impacts, distinct from area residents at selected Windward O'ahu beach communities.
A view of one part of Wakiki Beach with a walkway, beach, swimmers, buildings, and Diamond Head all in view.

A comprehensive approach to value Waikīkī Beach

PI: Nori Tarui
Waikiki Beach is a huge economic driver for Hawaiʻi, but with increased erosion from sea-level rise, the optimal strategy for its upkeep is still debated. This study endeavors to estimate the value of Waikiki’s benefits to tourists, residents, and businesses, and evaluate the costs of different beach improvement options.