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.