West Maui takes measures to get ahead of rising sea levels – 2021 updates

west maui beach park

What can be done to mitigate rising sea levels and shoreline loss?

Climate change is affecting Hawaii, with so much development along coastal areas.  Condos that were built in the boom of the 1970’s didn’t give erosion much thought.  Roads were paved along historical trails just because it was the easy thing to do.  Now, in today’s rapidly changing world, we have to face some tough decisions.

Here’s a couple of news stories on the subject:

Kahana Beach proposed restoration project – could cost up to $40,000,000

Honoapiilani Highway proposed moving mauka – a $4,000,000 quick fix

Hololani Resort shoreline

We recently stayed at the Hololani Resort in Kahana and were disappointed there was no more beach out front.  There’s a lot of sandbags and other reinforcements, but you have to wonder how long can it last?  What were they thinking when they allowed so many buildings so close to the shore – of course the shore was further away 50 years ago, but still, maybe it wasn’t the best decision at the time.

Is all oceanfront property at risk of loss due to rising tides and sea levels?  Not necessarily.  In some parts of Maui the shoreline rises up significantly, even to hundreds of feet above sea level.  Buying an oceanfront/beachfront home or condo on Maui should be something to seriously consider for the long term value.  Make sure you go in with eyes wide open, and get connected with a local Realtor to guide you.

the pool and view at Hololani Maui

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Georgie Hunter R(S) e-Pro, Hawai’i Life Real Estate Brokers
26 Baldwin Ave, Paia HI 96779
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