Like sand in an hourglass

Like sand in an hourglass

The Maui News
Sunday, February 12, 2006

By ILIMA LOOMIS, Staff Writer

WAILUKU – Maui is running out of something most people take for granted: sand.

The vast system of inland sand dunes that stretches across Wailuku has largely been covered by development, and what’s left is being mined – about 318,000 tons of the stuff dug out and used each year, 70 percent of it shipped to Honolulu. At that rate, the last available sand on the island will be gone within five to seven years, according to a report being prepared for the county…

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