03/20/2014 01:43 pm ET Updated Mar 20, 2014

Is Hanauma Bay Preserve Being Undermined?

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HONOLULU -- Mayor Kirk Caldwell has made cleaning up the city’s parks a top priority of his administration, going so far as to hold his State of the City address last month at Ala Moana Beach Park to highlight his plans to upgrade Oahu’s “crown jewels.”

But one park advocacy group says the city isn’t going far enough to fix up the most treasured “jewel in the crown” — Hanauma Bay.

The nature preserve and snorkeling haven has fallen into a state of disrepair because the city has not used hundreds of thousands of dollars that have been sitting in a special fund for the beach park’s upkeep for years, according to Friends of Hanauma Bay President Richard Baker.

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