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Kamaole Beach Park I improvements underway

Since volunteers began working at Kamaole I with guidance from Maui County Parks Department and UH Sea Grant, invasive plants were removed, native plants reintroduced, pathways added, benches installed, and more usable park space created. The changes were remarkable.

Kamaole I is in the midst of another big improvement. The dredged sand from the Kihei Boat Ramp has been added to existing sand on the park’s dry-dune areas in a nourishment project which will build up the stores of sand for future storm protection. This winter has already taken a toll on the beaches, featuring high surf and wind, leaving behind scarps of sand and very little beach. No new sand has been added on the sandy beach where it could be quickly washed away. According to UH Sea Grant, a restoration project that enhances a strong dune is current best-practices and has much greater protection potential.

After the sand delivery phase is completed, the area will be open to the public with new park-to-beach trails installed. Once the sand settles and Mother Nature has had a chance to work, pathways will be made more permanent by reinstalling post and rail walkways and signage. It will take time for the dunes to totally stabilize, but the volunteers are eager to replant native pohuehue vines, harvested from the site and propagated by native plant expert Anna Palomino at Hoolawa Farms.

We are confident the collaborative teamwork on this Kamaole I project will again deliver remarkable results.

Bob and Lis Richardson

Kihei

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