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Mayor Seeks Info on Shoreline Properties to Ensure Public Access at Keawakapu

November 11, 2021, 10:00 AM HST
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Keawakapu sign. File photo by Wendy Osher.

Mayor Michael Victorino has issued a formal written request to Suzanne Case, chair of the Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources, for the County of Maui to acquire lands near Keawakapu Beach in Kīhei for public parking and beach access.

“I believe the County of Maui can better manage these parcels on behalf of our residents,” said Mayor Victorino. “Unlimited public access to our beaches is crucial for our community and a fundamental common law right in Hawaiʻi.” 

The mayor’s proposed acquisition would be through an Executive Order for the management and maintenance of beach access parking while maintaining current obligations for the parcels.

The mayor is also considering construction of a restroom facility and proper lighting for the benefit of Maui County residents.

The specific parcels are identified as Tax Map Key (2) 3-9-004:001 and (2) 3-9-004-149 at Kamaʻole, Wailuku (Kula), Maui, Hawai’i.

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Ruby & Sons Hospitality, LLC leases a gravel lot on state land for use by the adjacent Days Inn by Wyndham Maui Oceanfront.  Maui County residents have expressed concerns about previous attempts to block public beach access in the area and a chronic lack of parking along South Kīhei Road for residents. 

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