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Erosion structure in West Maui to undergo repairs

An eroded section of land fronting the Kaanapali Beach Club juts inland Friday afternoon where a break in the structure fronting the property is ruptured. Even with the erosion control structure, waves lap within feet of the longtime resort property’s building. — The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

The state Board of Land and Natural Resources on Friday approved a revocable permit to Diamond Resorts International Club Inc. to repair erosion structures in place in front of the Kaanapali Beach Club in Honokowai.

The permit would allow entering of submerged lands to repair an existing temporary erosion control structure; an erosion protection skirt and sand mattress revetment currently front the resort.

The damaged portion of the erosion skirt is 140 feet long and is concentrated along the southern portion of the material, which is more exposed to wave action, according to state documents.

No expansion or additional improvements will be involved.

Since it was installed in May 2018, there has been subsequent damages to the erosion control structure.

The installation was prompted by significant erosion in the area from January to June 2016, as a combination of persistent North Pacific swell and elevated water levels produced high waves, strong currents and abnormally high tides.

The shoreline retreated more than 10 feet in just a few months, as opposed to the historical average annual erosion rate of 1 foot per year. Approximately 5,700 square feet of land area was permanently lost to erosion, the documents said.

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