KIHEI, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Makena State Park on Maui was temporarily closed on Monday while the state Department of Land and Natural Resources coordinated the removal of a grounded vessel on an inaccessible part of the shoreline.
The DLNR said the boat was resting on the lava shoreline on the rocky point between Big Beach and Little Beach. Crews used a helicopter to get the 19-foot boat off the rocks. It is expected to be towed to a salvage yard where it will be assessed.
The park was reopened shortly after 7 a.m.
The motor boat washed up in this area just after 6 p.m. on April 17, DLNR said. According to the Maui Fire Department, the operator apparently anchored the boat offshore of Little Beach and swam ashore to meet with friends. That's when the boat, which suffered damage to its hull, drifted toward the rocks and washed up on land.
The boat's operator was not injured.