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Volume 14, Number 7 January 2004

State DLNR, Resort Leave Maui County Out Of Erosion Control Measures at Ka'anapali

At Ka'anapali beach, it's always the same. Coastal erosion threatens a swimming pool or a walkway or some coconut trees and emergency permits are handed out like fliers for a rock concert. No one could have predicted that the erosion that took place last year at the south end of Ka'anapali beach would be the worst anyone had seen in more than 20 years. But after more than a decade of similar events, it's difficult to explain why a couple of Ka'anapali resorts had their sandbags drifting as far as Kapalua and Lahaina Harbor (despite their crew of sandbag wranglers), and as many as 60 steel plates placed along the shore without the approval, let alone the knowledge, of the county department that manages the coastal zone.



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