Hawaii allocates $13M to keep Waikiki Beach from disappearing

  • Pau Hana Patrol visits Yokocho bar with beer and pupu specials. It is in the center of the food court of the Waikiki Shopping Plaza. (PHOTOs BY DENNIS ODA / Star-Advertiser)

  • Waikiki Beach is pictured.

HONOLULU — The economic impact to Hawaii of Waikiki Beach was recently estimated at $2.2 billion a year, but the crumbling Royal Hawaiian groin and other man-made structures are all that is keeping the state’s most visited beach from being swept away.