Town hall to discuss beach restoration

Maui County Council Member Tamara Paltin will host a virtual community hall at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss proposed plans for beach restoration and stabilization efforts in Kahana as residents and property owners consider whether to ask the council to create a community facilities district.

In coordination with the Kahana Bay Steering Committee, the discussion will include a presentation from Oceanit Engineering’s Mike Foley, Ph.D., on the science behind the design of the coastal structures known as T-groins and the extent of their ability to mitigate long-term beach erosion and coastal hazard exposure, Paltin said. Tara Owens, coastal processes and hazards specialist for the University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program, has previously stated that 85 percent of Maui’s shorelines are projected to erode over time. Paltin said protective measures in Kahana could be supported by tools such as a state special improvement district or a county community facilities district.

To participate in the town hall, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84522084396. The meeting will also be shown live on the council’s Facebook page.

For more information, contact Paltin’s office at (808) 270-5504.


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