Protecting Plants and Trees at Kanaha Beach

As watermen and waterwomen in Hawaii we get the privilege to access the ocean through county and state beach parks and across coastal beaches and dune areas. Our coastal areas and especially dunes are fragile and must be protected from harm. There are many plant species that have a beneficial effect in stabilizing the dunes, and retaining sands so that they can resist ocean action and help prevent erosion. Healthy dune systems help slow the rate of shoreline retreat. On average the shoreline on Maui retreats shoreward at the rate of one foot per year. Human activity can damage shoreline plants and dunes and increase erosion rates. This can lead to accelerated shoreline retreat. In short this means that if we don’t protect the shoreline plants we will lose our beaches.Continue reading