At Kuki‘o, Sandbags, Irrigation, And Plantings Encroach on Beach

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One of the most exclusive enclaves in Hawai‘i is the gated community of Kuki‘o, adjoining the Four Seasons Hualalai resort on the western coast of the Big Island. Although homes in the area have a property-tax valuation as high as $74.250 million (for computer developer Michael Dell’s sprawling “Raptor Residence”), members of the public can still enjoy the beauty of the beach fronting the area.

For now, at least. While the beach remains.

In recent years, the area along the shoreline has been planted with naupaka and pohuehue (beach morning glory). Approval for the plantings . . .

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