The Department of Fire & Public Safety will be holding a community meeting in Lahaina on Tuesday, Dec. 12. The department would like to hear community input to a proposed relocation of the Hanakaoo Beach Park lifeguard tower to an area about a mile north in the vicinity of Puu Kekaa, more commonly known as Black Rock, on Kaanapali Beach.
The meeting will be held at the Kaunoa West Maui Senior Center at 788 Pauoa Street, off of Lahainaluna Road, starting at 5:30 p.m.
The reason for the meeting is to discuss the sheer number of fatal and non-fatal ocean drownings that have occurred in the Kaanapali area in the last ten or so years. The fire department would like to explore with the community potential solutions to address this disturbing trend.
The subject is still in its early stages and has garnered support from Fire Chief, Jeff Murray and Maui Mayor, Alan Arakawa to the entertain the idea of moving the Hanakaoo Beach Park lifeguard tower closer to Kaanapali Beach, where the vast majority of fatal ocean drownings have occurred in Maui County. The fire department is now ready to take the next step and hear back from the community.
Chief Murray and Mayor Arakawa are optimistic that a collaborative solution can be found and highly encourages the community to attend Tuesday’s meeting to discuss any concerns the community may have.
File lifeguard tower image.