Hawaii: Kamaole dunes are up for restoration

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Kamaole Beach Park I in Kihei is a popular place to hang out in the sun Wednesday morning. The beach’s dunes are scheduled to be nourished with sand dredged from Kihei Boat Ramp. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER

Posted November 19, 2019

Sand dunes play key role in slowing erosion

Sand dune restoration projects are underway to fight coastal erosion, which affects about 85 percent of Maui’s beaches, officials said Friday.

The west and south side are considered hot spots for erosion, and the dunes at Kamaole Beach Park I in Kihei are on the agenda for repair.

“In this particular case, portions of the coastal dune at Kamaole I Beach Park have been subject to degradation from high wave events and intense human use,” said Tara Owens, coastal hazards specialist with University of Hawaii Sea Grant Program. “This project will restore degraded areas and re-establish native vegetation along with designated footpaths to protect restored areas.”

The county put out bids for hauling and sand placement for the project on Tuesday; the window closes at 2 p.m. Dec. 12.

The project involves moving between 3,000 and 5,000 cubic yards of sand, currently piled at the Kihei Boat Ramp upper parking lot, to Kam I.

Hawaii Sea Grant and the South Maui Volunteers have designed the project to ensure that “Maui’s sand resources are protected and used in an environmentally beneficial manner,” Owens said.

Source: coastalnewstoday.com