(Via Ho’okele News)
As part of the Navy’s mission to restore and improve the natural habitats at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH), mangrove removal along the Hickam shoreline will occur daily beginning Nov. 17.
The area includes the beach starting at the Navy’s Fort Kamehameha Wastewater Treatment Plant to the Air National Guard parking lot (including Kamehameha Beach Park, commonly known as Dog Beach).
This closure is necessary as a public health and safety precaution due to the use of heavy machinery such as chainsaws, chippers and large work trucks. To ensure safety, the whole area, including the parking lot, will be closed from Nov. 17-Jan. 31, 2016 (or until NAVFAC Hawaii Natural Resources staff determines that conditions are safe).
All dogs, even those on a leash, will not be permitted in the parking lot, on the shoreline, or in the waters from the area by the Navy treatment plant to the Air National Guard parking lot throughout the removal process.
People should observe all posted signs and not enter the work area designated by the orange safety fencing, both into the parking lot and along the shoreline. JBPHH base security will be patrolling the area to ensure compliance.
Dog walking options
While the Hickam shoreline is closed, dog owners have a number of optional locations to take their canine friend for a walk.
On JBPHH there are three dog parks: Moanalua Dog Park (2900 Moanalua Road, Kamila Dog Park (7250-7288 Ohana Nui Circle), Pearl City Peninsula Dog Park (Lehua Avenue) and Ford Island Dog Park (1275 Saratoga Blvd.).
In addition, the Hawaiian Humane Society’s web page, http://www.hawaiian humane.org/dog-friendly-beaches.html, lists dog friendly beaches.
To report any issues regarding this man-grove removal action, contact NAVFAC Hawaii Environmental, 471-1171, ext. 243.