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Project Beach, August 2006. Photo courtesy State of Hawai’i, Draft Environmental Assessment – Stable Road Beach Groins Replacement Project.

By Wendy Osher

A project is being proposed to protect a stretch of beach along Stable Road in Central Maui.

The Stable Road Beach Restoration Foundation wants to replace four existing geotube sand retention devices with more durable rock retention groins.

The group filed a Draft Environmental Assessment with a Finding of No Significant Impact for the project saying the beach area suffers from decades of chronic beach erosion and retreat.

According to the document the group notes that the erosion has resulted in adverse environmental impacts to beach use, water quality, marine life, and habitat for endangered species in Spreckelsville.

Bathroom damage due to erosion at Baldwin Beach Park. Courtesy photo, County of Maui.

In the Spring of 2010, the group implemented a small scale beach nourishment project in which the temporary sand retention devices were installed.  According to the document, the temporary measures resulted in significant reduction in the rate of beach erosion and prevented land loss.

Prior to the installation of the temporary groins, the Project Beach experienced a four-fold increase of the historic UH annual erosion and beach retreat rates between 2006 to 2010, the document states.

According to the DEA, other areas in the vicinity from 2006 to the present have also experienced significantly increased rates of annual beach erosion and land loss including Kanaha Beach Park to the west and Baldwin Beach Park in Paia to the east.

At Baldwin Beach Park a restroom building fell into the ocean in the summer of 2011 due to beach retreat causing the land under the building to be exposed and eroded.

A 30 day public review and comment period runs through November 7th.

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  • hawaiiansupaman

    Another way to look at it. The landowners are trying to increase the size of their property by contructing permanent rock jetties.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000394317279 Karen Chun

    I find it ironic that they show a photo of the beach erosion at Baldwin which most people agree is caused by the hardening of the shore above Baldwin. This project will simply transfer the erosion to the downstream neighbors and Kanaha Beach Park. And you’ll be seeing photos like this of Kanaha Beach Park.

    This is a bad precedent to make. That if you are rich enough, you can extend your land into the ocean via groins to save yourself while accelerating erosion on our Parks and your neighbors.

    Sea level rise and beach erosion is a fact that Climate Change is making worse. We cannot allow a few rich people to harden the shoreline at the expense of the majority.

    It is a difficult situation but one that can only be solved by “planned retreat” and by the Planning Dept. taking the lead in demanding large buffer zones between the shoreline and buildings.

    For you divers and fishermen who know what a horrible mess these Stable Rd people made of the ocean and reef on their first project – please show up at the public meeting 6pm Waena School Nov 14th (Wednesday)

    Planned retreat is the only permanent solution for the person whose house is being undercut. Mother Nature ALWAYS wins in the end.

    • eoe

      Since you are against this, I am for it.

      • hawaiiansupaman

        Karen Chun’s concerns are valid. Eoe, what are your reasons for supporting the project?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000394317279 Karen Chun
  • http://www.facebook.com/kat.pirozzi.9 Kat Pirozzi

    This is a beautiful beach and area. The sands bags are ugly. But if you put rocks are they safe for the surfers and kids?

    • http://www.facebook.com/kat.pirozzi.9 Kat Pirozzi

      My friend who lives on there told me that the owners are making the road gated and private so no one can enter. They already put up chains! There needs to be public beach access for everyone else.


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