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Does the state’s new $7 million seawall at Ukumehame work?

October 17, 2013

WEST MAUI — The emergency repair of a 4,000-foot section of Highway 30 along the shoreline at Ukumehame cost taxpayers approximately $7 million. It was completed in 201....

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Oct-19-13 7:02 PM

A seawall is being build now at Launiupoko and another to be built at Olowalu, both under the Governor's Tsunami Disaster declaration, exempting them from most environmental monitoring. Adding the potential 150 oceanfront homes as part of the Olowalu Town project, the Mayor's great Pali to Puamana Parkway vision of open space and parks, is slowly turning into the Pali to Puamana Coastal Catastroph. It's been 30 years, let's move the road and allow the next generation to enjoy the beaches, reefs, surf, and coastline access. No more seawalls, please.

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Oct-18-13 4:21 PM

No, it does not work. 1.The road is still in peril and subject to seawater inundation and ongoing saline degradation of vehicles and road surface. 2.The project is vastly speeding up shoreline recession, thus causing the narrowing and loss of 4 miles of once wide, and still well-used and loved sandy beach from the Pali to Launipoko. 3.By focusing the wave energy downward instead of dissipating it, as called for by law, fine silt is being spread on the reef system that is smothering and killing coral, destroying fish and other sea life habitat, and lowering visibility. As the reef dies, the surf breaks will also degrade. 4.By declaring an emergency (citing tsunami damage!) State DOT avoided looking into environmental damage, bypassed essential shoreline regulations, and our excellent experts in shoreline matters were never consulted.

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