Posted on: September 8, 2010

Free Talk To Discuss

MA'ALAEA,  HI -- On Thursday, April 16, Zoe Norcross-Nu’u of University of Hawaii Sea Grant Coastal Geology Extension will present a talk on Managing Maui’s Beaches. The talk, part of Pacific Whale Foundation’s monthly Making Waves lecture series, is free and open to the public. It will take place from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center at The Harbor Shops at Ma'alaea.
The presentation will look at some of the coastal management challenges that Maui must address in the face of rising sea levels, coastal development pressure, and the struggle to balance public resources and private property. In the face of rising sea levels and increased coastal development pressure, Maui's beaches have been feeling a tightening squeeze from both landward and seaward directions. The result is too often beach loss, which local resource management agencies struggle to manage by balancing protection of the public’s natural resources with oceanfront landowners' rights to protect private property.  
This presentation will look at some of the existing coastal management challenges Maui faces. The presentation will also cover options and existing plans for managing these challenges. These issues will become increasingly pressing in the near future as the various pressures threatening our beaches lead to a variety of economic, social and cultural challenges for Maui County.
Based in Maui, Zoe Norcross-Nu’u is the Coastal Processes Extension Agent for the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program, and an extension faculty member at Maui Community College (where she teaches classes in Sustainability). She received her Master’s in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Hawai’i. She works with, among other agencies, Maui Coastal Land Trust and the Maui Nui Marine Resource Council, both of which also partner with Pacific Whale Foundation. Her many current projects include updating the 1998 Beach Management Plan for Maui, dune restoration at Kamaole III Park, North Shore Heritage Park conceptualization, coordinating beach replenishment at Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay, development of a Maui Beach Fund, development of Beach Replenishment Guidebook, and ongoing work with government agencies, private agencies and the public on erosion mitigation, coastal resource protection, and coastal development review.
To learn more about Pacific Whale Foundation's monthly Making Waves Lecture Series, please visit