WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Maui County is seeking $160,000 from condo, vacation rental and time-share owners to help fund a study into ways to keep their beachfront property from washing away.
The Maui News reports beaches fronting nine condominiums in Kahana are quickly eroding, with waves already crashing into swimming pools and first-floor units.
The county hopes to match funds from property owners and conduct a feasibility study exploring offshore sand mining and possible structures to mitigate the erosion.
Officials say offshore sand mining would be a temporary solution and could cost $5 million. The other option of seawalls would be more permanent, but would eliminate the beach.