Stable Road Beach Restoration

Located along a portion of Stable Road on Maui’s north shore, the 600-foot-long beach has experienced chronic beach erosion and beach retreat withn an unusually high rate of beach and land loss from 2006 to 2010. The beach, between Kanaha Beach Park to the west and Kahului Aiport to the east, supports both historic and contemporary recreational activity and use.

The Stable Road Beach Restoration Foundation, Inc. (SRBRFI) was formed by seven Stable Road neighborhood home owners in 2007; it was created solely to restore a portion of beach along the road that was moving towards being completely lost due to chronic beach erosion. According to he University of Hawaii’s Erosion Hazard Rate Map, the area has experienced chronic beach erosion for decades, and from 2006 to 2010 the beach experienced up to a four-fold increase of the annual erosion rate and beach retreat from the Map. The history of this coastal area includes seven decades of sand mining (for the previous Paia Lime Kiln among other uses) which has reduced the regional sediment supply for natural beach nourishment.

Oceanit provided coastal engineering services for a group of private homeowners who are nourishing the beach fronting their properties to reduce seasonal and long-term beach erosion. A site inspection and evaluation was conducted with beach nourishment plans for 10,000 cubic yards of sand to be placed along designated properties. Temporary geotube groins were designed to stablize the nourished beach. A marine environmnental description of the nearshore area was prepared along with benthic marine biological surveys.

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