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Sand swallowing beach pavilion

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Paia’s Eric Dotterer plays the song “Huri Huri” on his ukulele while sitting in the sand-filled Baldwin Beach Park Pavilion Tuesday afternoon. He said it felt a bit like being in an ancient ruin. “It’s kind of Pompeii-ish,” Dotterer said. While there is currently plenty of sand inside the pavilion and fronting the ocean, lack of sand every few years has caused the structure to dwindle in size as its showers, trees and attached storage shed have been claimed by the sea. A recent study by Maui County showed that 80 percent of the county’s beach parks are endangered by sea level rise.

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