ADA improvements to Laaloa pass environmental hurdle

  • Laaloa Beach Park is a popular spot surfers and swimmers alike. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • Several commenters in the draft EA took issue with plans not to move the current comfort station, pictured here, calling it “culturally offensive” to keep the facility near culturally significant sites, including the iwi aina stone wall, ku‘ula fishing shrine and punawai (spring). (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today file photo)

  • Hawaii County concluded in its final environmental assessment published July 23 that accessibility improvements for Laaloa Beach Park, also known as Magic Sands Beach Park, will have no significant impact, despite concerns raised by the public about removal of several trees and the continued positioning of the comfort station near culturally significant places. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Hawaii County concluded in its final environmental assessment published July 23 that accessibility improvements for Laaloa Beach Park, also known as Magic Sands Beach Park, will have no significant impact, despite concerns raised by the public about removal of several trees and the continued positioning of the comfort station near culturally significant places. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Accessibility improvements for Laaloa Beach Park, also known as Magic Sands Beach Park, are one step closer to reality.