Bellows Beach


Community seeks answers on Bellows cleanup
Honolulu Advertiser, Monday August 27, 2007

Hirono, environmentalists seek funding for Bellows clean-up
KHNL8 news, Tuesday April 11, 2007

Landfill causes concern for beachgoers
KHNL8 news, Tuesday April 11, 2007

Windward beachgoers want dumpsite completely cleaned
KHON2 news, Tuesday January 23, 2007

Air Force, residents clash over cleanup
Honolulu Advertiser, Sunday January 21, 2007

Beach Trash a Relentless Tide
Honolulu Advertiser, Thursday January 18, 2007


An old World War II landfill sits right on Bellows Beach (see photos below) and the military has no plans to clear away the 8500 tons of waste, trash and debris. The area is fenced off and is completely unusable as lead, cadmium, zinc and other contaminants have been found there.

For reports on studies done at Bellows beach landfill (LF24)

Unless the public voices opposition to the dump it will be left there permanently. With the ocean rising and the coastline being eroded, in time, the waste from this area will be washed into the ocean creating more marine debris and water quality problems. This area needs to be cleared of all the trash buried there and all the toxic metals need to be cleared from the soil. 

Photos of the landfill at Bellows Beach
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The landfill is fenced off with signs saying "DANGER CONSTRUCTION AREA, KEEP OUT" however, it is not a construction area, but a toxic dump which is filled with garbage. 

Coral Photograph Credit to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce and Dr. James P. McVey. Dolphins, Japanese Angelfish, Green turtle, and Laysan Albatross photos by James Watt. Humpback whale photo by James Mobeley

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