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State releases funding for Napili Beach Access Project

By Staff | Jun 18, 2021

The Napili Bay and Beach Foundation hopes to complete the Beach Access Project this year.

NAPILI — The Napili Bay and Beach Foundation last week announced that Hawaii Gov. David Ige released the $75,000 Capital Improvement Project Grant-in-Aid money awarded to the foundation in 2019.

In addition, the County of Maui Mayor’s Office has granted NBBF $49,000 to cover the cost of all demolition.

With these grants, the 2021 Beach Access Project will remove all the old concrete structures and build new Trex composite stairs to the beach at Napili Bay.

“The DLNR (Department of Land and Natural Resources) is currently putting the permits together and hopes to get them to the BLNR (Board of Land and Natural Resources) for a July meeting and approval for construction to begin in late August,” the foundation noted in an e-mail last week.

NBBF also has two Maui County grant applications, totaling approximately $81,000, in final review. This additional funding would allow NBBF to complete the new stairs, build a new public shower with a rain garden drainage system, and replace the path leading to the stairs with Trex composite decking to keep foot traffic from further battering/eroding the fragile part of the headland.

“If these grants do not get awarded, we will need to raise this money ASAP with the goal of completing the entire Beach Access project this year. We hope to know the outcome of our pending applications by end of June,” the foundation wrote.

NBBF thanked everyone who participated in its Spring Auction. The group raised $4,000 for the Beach Restoration Fund.

NBBF concluded: “We are grateful for your continuing support and eagerly await your return to beautiful Napili Bay!”