In June 2019, a settlement was reached between shoreline protection group Nā Papaʻi Wawae ʻUlaʻula and the owners’ associations of two beach-side condominium properties to restore public beach access in Honokōwai, Maui Now reports.
Initially, conflicts surrounding shoreline access, as well as limited access, spurred members of the community to take legal action in Environmental Court.
Under the terms of the settlement, the public – subject to certain pre-conditions being met and other safeguards being implemented – will have shoreline access through a three-foot-wide trail along the north edge of the Hale Mahina Beach Resort property and alongside the Hoyochi Nikko Resort’s southern property line.
In a statement, he told Maui Now, “The AOAO Hale Mahina Beach Resort believes that the settlement strikes an appropriate balance in that it provides the public with shoreline access, while ensuring the safety of those who will use the path in the future. Specifically, the settlement provides for the installation of a railing or other barrier at the end of the access trail as well as signage, in order to provide adequate warnings to the public.”
The settlement also calls for the dismissal of pending litigation involving both resorts.
Our law firm is proud to represent AOAO Hale Mahina Beach Resort, and congratulates Honolulu Director Tilker in helping to resolve this matter before the Environmental Court.