Maluaka at Makena

A collection of structures that have absolutely no utility for the on island residents of Maui This last bit of Makena coast is the home ground of a dozen or so Monk Seals. One of the most endangered species in the world with only 1200 believed to exist. It is quite a rare opportunity to be the environmentalist that took out the last of such an exquisite creature. The Hawk's Bill Turtle also is known to nest on these beaches.


Dr Leisure's truck gives some idea of the viewscape and scale of the corridor behind the condos which is the publics beach access route. As one can tell from the artist rendering there will be no ocean view from this public access corridor. The height of the condos will be at least double the height of the construction barrier in the photo. What was once an ocean view will now be a canyon with concrete walls on each side. The current corridor is lined with cars on holidays as the provided parking is totally inadequate for the existing recreation visitor load.

The rock wall of an ancient Hawaiian structure as it appeared on August 3, 2007.

The same view as above taken on September 16, 2007. Can you see the rock wall?

I am not sure what is supposed to be the historic preservation The rocks within the rock wall I would presume? Is this supposed to be the rock structure seen above in August now reduced to a more manageable size and shape?

No aspect of the original site will remain the same. Even the solid rock under the area will be fractured. The freshwater aquifers will be contaminated by surface runoff before they make the ocean.

Black Sand Beach in the foreground with 5500 Makena Road on the hill above. The housing complex is within the boundaries of the 1977 proposed State Park. The property is bounded on the south and east side by the park. State park officials are determined to exclude the public from this portion of the park. Under the pretext of waiting for signage approved by the Board of the DLNR they kept the park closed from October 15, 2006 until August 23, 2007. The access road needs to be graded and parking improved but that will not happen in my lifetime I expect.

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Addresses and other information on the current stewards of Makena.

Friends of Makena State Park

 Friends of Makena State Park was formally formed in 2003 to assist the Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources in the stewardship of  Makena State Park.

Consider a contribution to Doctor Leisure's Friends of Makena State Park  if you want to help defray the cost of this site and the efforts to save Makena State Park and the adjacent lands from unneeded and unwanted development.  Twenty dollars pays for the gasoline necessary to get Dr. Leisure to the park for five days. Forty dollars pays for the ink cartridge for the printer. Twenty five dollars covers the cost of the web site for one month.

Membership is open to anyone interested in the stewardship of  the unique natural resource that constitutes Makena State Park situated on the island of Maui in the Hawai'i 'i Islands. The world famous nude beach known as Little Beach is contiguous to Makena State Park.

To declare your membership and to receive the electronic newsletter of Dr. Leisure's Friends of Makena State Park click this link: LittleBeachMaui-subscribe@topica.com  and send a blank email.

Dr. Leisure's Friends of Makena State Park
PO Box 1137
Kihei, HI 96753

--Dr. George R. Harker can be reached by email at drleisure1@aol.com.

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