Don’t Let Them Demolish Doris Duke (Cromwell’s) Harbor
The Doris Duke swim basin near Cromwell’s beach is a historic Diamond Head landmark where we have all shared many great memories. From hanging out on the beach, to swimming in the clear, sandy basin amongst honu, Cromwell’s swim basin is now in extreme danger of being demolished forever.
The Doris Duke Foundation plans to spend 2.4 million dollars to dismantle the breakwater, scattering the boulders from the current rock structure into the sandy swim basin below in an attempt to prevent people from jumping from the fence. There have been reasonable proposed solutions by neighborhood boards in order to prevent jumping without destroying Cromwell’s, such as modifying the current fence, or beveling the standing ledge of the inland sea wall, but these proposals have been ignored by the Estate.
By destroying the breakwater, Doris Duke Foundation will not only forever destroy a nostalgic historical landmark unique to Hawaii that has been around since 1937, but also ruin the natural habitat of numerous native and endangered Hawaiian species.
Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources voted to oppose dismantling the breakwater, but is now holding a re-vote on May 25th in hopes of overturning that decision, which will destroy such a beautiful and sacred place.
It’s now up to the community to come together and stand up for our land. Once the breakwater is destroyed there is no coming back. If you do not want to see this happen please sign and share below.