HI - Ko Olina lagoons reopen but parking lot still closed
For more than 25 years, the four man-made beach lagoons at Ko Olina Resort Community on Oahu’s leeward coast have been a favorite seashore recreation spot, not only for the 640-acre development’s visitors and condo owners, but for local residents such as Kym Pine, Honolulu City Council member for District 1 (West Oahu), who lives in Ewa Beach and is the mother of a 5-year-old girl.
“It’s safe, especially for little kids, and that’s my place where I like to take her,” Pine said of the lagoons. “Shallow water, no strong currents.”
Daily public access to the lagoons was established through an agreement among the resort, the state and the City and County of Honolulu, and just over 180 free public parking spaces have been provided, said Sweetie Nelson, the resort’s director of destination marketing.
Although Ko Olina, like most Hawaii resorts and hotels, remains closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, its lagoons were reopened by the resort in accordance with Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s order to reopen Oahu beaches May 16.