MAY 2015


Monge seawall
A seawall on an eroding beach in Hau`ula, O`ahu. Credit: DLNR



It’s a good day when you go to the beach. When the beach comes to you – not so much.

That’s the situation facing growing numbers of homeowners who have oceanfront properties. As the shoreline moves landward, turf that was once theirs is no more. And structures – seawalls, revetments, and the like – intended to hold back the sea now require permits and easements, obtained only at great cost, if at all.

It’s difficult for homeowners, and, as our cover story relates, almost as hard for the agencies issuing the permits.

And on the subject of difficult issues, we take a look at the lawsuit just filed by folks in East Maui, whose legal battles to have water put back in their streams are beginning to rival those of Jarndyce v. Jarndyce, we get a glimpse of what some engineers really think about climate change, and we discuss the irrepressible kayak outfitters of West Hawai‘i, who, banned from one area, simply pop up in another.

On the brighter side, the long struggle of the Ka Iwi Coalition to protect mauka lands seems, finally, to have a happy ending. Well done!


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