Natural coastal areas could be expanded to preserve additional lands for recreational and ecological purposes. The implementation of the Pali to Puamana Plan, the expansion of Kanaha Beach Park and the introduction of additional access to shoreline lands island-wide would provide valuable cultural, recreational, and ecological benefits to the island of Maui.
To fund the acquisition of important natural areas the County may apply for grants from the Land Conservation Fund. The Legacy Land Conservation Program (LLCP) was established in July of 2005 by Section 173A-5, HRS, under Act 156 to provide funding from the Land Conservation Fund for the acquisition of lands, including easements, for watershed protection, parks, coastal areas, scenic resources, and other natural areas.
Grants from the Land Conservation Fund are available to State agencies, counties, and non-profit land conservation organizations seeking funding to acquire property that has value as a resource to Hawaii.
To insure that Maui continues to offer a high quality beach experience to residents and visitors, the County may identify and acquire undeveloped coastal lands for public use. To this end, the County may seek to utilize land preservation tools such as Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) and develop alternative funding strategies to acquire shoreline lands.