HI - Land Board submits Kaanapali Beach Restoration EIS to governor

The Board of Land and Natural Resources voted recently to submit the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Kaanapali Beach Restoration and Berm Enhancement project to Gov. David Ig

This is the next step for the project proposed for a one-mile stretch of beach in West Maui.

According to the state, it is considered a short- to mid-term effort to mitigate the impacts of rising water levels and coastal erosion, which are increasing with global sea level rise.

Staff from the state Department of Land & Natural Resources’ Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands (OCCL) noted in the submittal to the board that this is not an evaluation of the project but a review of the content of the EIS.

OCCL and its consultant, Sea Engineering Inc., evaluated 12 factors to decide on the acceptability and completeness of the EIS.

They hosted a half-dozen virtual outreach meetings with various stakeholders and interested people prior to the board meeting.

More than a dozen people provided testimony to the board during the Oct. 22 meeting.

The EIS is available for review at https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/ occl/kaanapali.

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