The Kihei Beach Shore Protection Project is located at Kalama Beach park on the southern shoreline of Maui. The project was authorized under Section 103 of the River and Harbor Act of 1962, as amended. The local sponsor is Maui County. The project is in the operations and maintenance phase.
The project was completed in December 1971 at a cost of $308,626 (Federal: $154,313; Maui County: $154,313)). The existing project consists of a protective stone revetment, 2,610 feet long with crest elevation of 8.0 feet Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW). The revetment on the seaward side is armored with 1,000-pound stone placed on a slope of three horizontal to one vertical. The revetment toe is placed on the underlying coral strata excavated to a depth of 4.5 feet below MLLW.
Maui County owns the project, which was turned over upon construction completion to operate and maintain. Annual inspections are conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with Maui County to ensure the project is performing as intended.
Kalama Beach Park offers 36 oceanfront acres for recreational activities including swimming, surfing, volleyball, tennis, and other athletic fields.