Maui County buys land with access to Jaws surf break

Maui County buys land with access to Jaws surf break

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Maui County is pursuing plans for about 270 acres near a surf break.

Councilmembers approved the nearly $9.5 million deal in early September using the Open Space, Natural Resources and Scenic Views Preservation Fund.

The land includes four lots and an access easement to the so-called Jaws surf break.

Mayor Alan Arakawa says questions remain regarding public access to the surf break during sporting events.

Water access and land maintenance are among the other concerns for the site.

Councilmembers Don Guzman and Elle Cochran were asked to create plans for what officials call the Hamakualoa Open Space Park Preserve.

An Organic Agricultural Park at the preserve would be the first for the community.

The site used to be a pineapple planation and was owned by Alexander & Baldwin.

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