HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached with community and environmental leaders for the Honoapiilani Highway shoreline protection project at Olowalu. HDOT will modify the project to include restriping and repair of the existing revetment. The revised plan will restrip the highway and move the lanes in the mauka direction farther away from the pounding surf. The stone protection originally planned at milepost 16 near the Olowalu General Store will not be constructed.

“We have been in communication with the public and listening to their concerns on the subject for more than a month. Today’s compromise will give HDOT Highways three years or more to work with the community to protect Honoapiilani Highway,” said Ed Sniffen, Hawaii Department of Transportation, Highways Division Deputy Director. “Our mission is to ensure all of Hawaii’s highways are maintained and protected, while preserving economic prosperity and quality of life. We welcome community engagement and input as we work to keep these coastal assets safe.”

The project modifications were made after consultation with community and environmental groups including Malama Olowalu, Maui Tomorrow Foundation and Maui residents.

As a result of today’s agreement the Maui Tomorrow Foundation has agreed to drop a lawsuit filed against HDOT to stop the Honoapiilani Highway shoreline improvements project at Olowalu.

To read full statement by the Department of transportation click HERE.

A BIG thank you goes out to all the aina warriors and Malama Olowalu community who made a stand to protect our coastlines and reefs! 

Without you shoreline hardening and erosion would have continued as normal. Thank you for your awareness, hard work and tenacity to protect the island that we love… Now let’s move that road!

Save Olowalu



Image Credit: Autumn Rae Ness, Malama Olowalu

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