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Expansion of Coastal Access, Recreation at Mākena Resort

March 10, 2017, 5:09 AM HST
* Updated March 10, 8:06 AM
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Mākena Resort area map, proposed expansion shown in yellow. The existing park is colored in green. PC: Munekiyo & Hiraga.

ATC Mākena Holdings, LLC will be completing several projects that will significantly expand coastal access and recreational opportunities for the public within the Mākena Resort area.

At either end of Maluaka Beach, public park areas were created long ago, accompanied by parking areas, showers and bathrooms for these public facilities.

The existing park at the south end of Maluaka Beach is popular with the public and 0.842 acres in size. That park is now being expanded to a total of 1.5 acres, and will include Maluaka Point, a coastal area.  Native plants have been added and will continue to be planted in the area.

Mākena Resort. Courtesy image.

The expanded park also includes land south of Maluaka Point along the coast where a small fisherman’s trail or ala hele exists. The ala hele will connect to Oneuli Beach, affording continuous public coastal access from Maluaka Beach to Oneuli Beach.

These improvements were recently approved by the County of Maui, Parks and Recreation Department. ATC Mākena will begin the park improvements immediately.

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In addition to the expansion, the Maluaka Park will undergo improvements as well. Strategic landscaping will open up existing areas to afford more useable space.

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At the Mākena Landing Park, public shoreline access will be improved with pedestrian walkways along Honoiki Street and Mākena-Keoneʻōʻio Road which will provide safer routes for the community. Historic walls will be preserved and restored at Mākena Landing, and native plants will be added to enhance this unique park.

Mākena Landing and Maluaka parks are privately owned parks dedicated for public use. Representatives at ATC Mākena say the company is committed to the continued maintenance and improvement of these parks.

Throughout the improvement process, public access to, and use of, the parks, beaches and trails will not be affected.

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