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John Kelly and fellow SOSer Barry Nakamura once did a shore line walking inspection tour starting at the Honolulu Airport to see if they could find any shoreline that was natural, unchanged by human hands/tools, from the Airport to Diamond Head. They did not find any natural shoreline but they did document approx. 10 acres of illegally created landfill in the Sand Island area (near Kilgo's).

That walk ended up exposing several major construction related companies, including Hawaiian Bitumels (a Dillingham subsidiary) resulted in front page news stories and some major fines. There is still federal legislation on the books making it illegal to simply fill in the shoreline at water's edge without proper permits.



The SOS Political Theory Study Group that arose from these environmental struggles in the early and mid 1970's branched out into eviction battles that were in abundance during the 1970's and early 1980's. But that is another story, not centered on Waikiki.

Later during "Clean Water Day" there was a ceremony conducted in the water at Queen's break. About 30 surfers gathered in a circle on their boards.