Researchers to probe beach restoration options in Kahana –

Researchers to probe beach restoration options in Kahana – | News, Information, Lahaina and Western Maui, Hawaii — Lahaina News

KAHANA — Funding has been released by the county for a study on a much-needed facelift at Kahana Beach.


‘Beach-quality sand’ discovered as erosion reaches ‘crisis’ level | Maui News

‘Beach-quality sand’ discovered as erosion reaches ‘crisis’ level | News, Sports, Jobs – Maui News

Jun 5, 2016

KAHANA BAY – Maui County shoreline planners are “elated” after discovering more than 300,000 cubic yards of “beach-quality sand” off Kahana Bay, which could replenish the beachfronts of numerous condominiums that have been slowly disappearing into the ocean.

However, the discovery may be too little, too late.


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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Kanaha Beach Park

Kanaha Beach Park

Kanaha Beach Park is a long stretch of publicly owned wild coast on the North Shore of Maui (Hawaii).   It is comprised of white sand beaches, coastal dunes, wetlands, and a developed beach park.   Kanaha Beach provides recreation for many folks on Maui, including windsurfers, surfers, kiteboarders, pole fishermen, divers, canoe paddlers, campers, joggers, bikers, general beach goers, and many others.   Kanaha Beach also supports some of the last remaining strongholds of native coastal plants and animals left on sand dunes and in wetlands along the north shore of Maui.


The beautification and restoration of Kanaha Beach has been on-going for decades, and is only possible with regular support from the community.   To volunteer to help Kanaha Beach, call Jan Dapitan at Community Work Day (808)877-2524, e-mail, or visit   For more volunteer opportunities on Maui visit

The following have volunteered time, provided funding, or given resources:   Kiwanis, Kiwins, Girl Scouts, Boy scouts, Eagle scouts, Latter Day Saints, Jewish Congregation, Baldwin High School Science Club, Seabury Hall High School, Maui High School, University of Hawaii at Hilo, Americorps (local and national), Lae Ula o Kai Canoe Club, Kiteboarders Association of Maui, Maui Rotary, Goodfellow Construction, Hoolawa Farms, Maui County Public Works Department, Maui County Waste Water Treatment Department, Maui County Parks and Recreation Department, Maui County Correctional Center, Maui County Police Deptartment, Positive Outreach Initiative, State of Hawaii Emergency Environmental Workforce, United States Geological Survey Biological Resources Division, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, United States Department of Agriculture, Tri-Isle Resource Conservation and Development, and scores of other individuals, agencies, and organizations.

Stable Road Beach Restoration

Stable Road Beach Restoration

Located along a portion of Stable Road between Kanaha Beach Park to the west and Kahului Airport to the east on Maui’s north shore, the 600-foot-long beach has experienced chronic beach erosion and beach retreat within an unusually high rate of beach and land loss from 2006 to 2010. The beach supports a diversity of both historic and contemporary recreational activity and use.

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Beach Restoration and Nourishment Activities

Beach Restoration and Nourishment Activities

Shoreline protection, conservation, and restoration projects are a major objective of the County’s Coastal Zone Management Program.

The Planning Department works closely with the Hawaii Office of Coastal & Conservation Lands to facilitate long-term solutions to coastal erosion and coastal hazards. Inventory of Shoreline Access Points

Sea Grant Program
Technical assistance provided through the University of Hawaii’s Sea Grant Program and financial assistance provided by the Hawaii State Coastal Zone

Management Program support a wide range of management options for shoreline protection. Site visits, regularly scheduled communication, and networking with other coastal practitioners assists Maui County in using recent research results and technologies to improve coastal protection and shoreline conservation.

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