A puddle of seawater forms behind sandbags June 21, 2017 at a hotel on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu as record high tides begin to hit the state. Some of Hawaii’s most iconic beaches could soon be underwater as rising sea levels caused by global warming overtake its white sand beaches and bustling city streets. That’s alarming for a state where beach tourism is the primary economic driver. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Cindy Ellen Russell via AP)

A puddle of seawater forms behind sandbags June 21, 2017 at a hotel on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu as record high tides begin to hit the state. Some of Hawaii’s most iconic beaches could soon be underwater as rising sea levels caused by global warming overtake its white sand beaches and bustling city streets. That’s alarming for a state where beach tourism is the primary economic driver. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Cindy Ellen Russell via AP)

Waikiki flood concerns spur push for Hawaii shore protection

Frequent flooding could plague the Hawaiian city within the next 15 to 20 years.

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