Beach restoration is getting more serious attention

Getting more sand
in Maui shoes

Beach restoration is getting
more serious attention as
property prices rise

By Gary Kubota

Maui correspondent

KIHEI, Maui — South Maui resident Robert Colopy smiles as he stands on a restored beach fronting his home. Truckloads of sand have been brought from a half-mile away only days ago, through a government-sponsored project.

“It’s the best environmental solution,” said Colopy, president of the Halama Street Homeowners Association. “It is the most economical solution.”

As beachfront land becomes more expensive, the idea of restoring eroded beaches is growing more attractive in Maui County, especially when those beaches have a number of public accesses, as in the case of Halama Street.

Beach replenishment is also becoming a major focus of talks and studies on Maui.

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