Public Access on Beaches and Shorelines
State law states that the right of access to Hawaii's shorelines includes the right of transit along the shorelines. However, there is a specific situation related to ownership of beach areas; it is a special circumstance in Waikiki where in 1928, the Territory of Hawaiʻi entered into a “Waikiki Beach Reclamation” agreement with several of the beachfront property owners.
The Territory built a beach from the existing high water mark; the new beach was “deemed to be natural accretion attached to the abutting property, and title thereto shall immediately vest in the owner or owners of the property abutting thereon”. In addition, eleven groins were built along Waikiki Beach with the intent of capturing sand.