Victory | March 08 2011
A Big Island developer is abandoning plans to build a four-story condominium between favorite Kona surf spots Lyman’s and Banyans on the ocean front of Holualoa Bay. After public outcry, Surfrider’s Kona Kai Ea Chapter, the West Hawaii Surfing Association, Kanuha Ohana and other groups joined together to stop this threat. The four-story condominium would have been less than 40 feet from reef shoreline in an area sacred to the Hawai'ian people. The rallies, clean-up and on-line efforts resulted in hundreds of people attending hearings at the Leeward Planning Commission, Kailua-Kona. Supporters from around the Hawai'ian islands and as far as California filled the meeting room to voice a unified concern against this development. On March 8, Allen Meredith of Meredith Kailua-Kona LLC investment group withdrew his application for a special management area permit or SMA 10-41, saying a large, four-story condominium complex would be inappropriate for Lyman’s surf spot.
Beaches are a unique and dynamic landscape that should be protected for the future. The Surfrider Foundation is leading efforts at the state and local levels to protect our shorelines on every coast. Our efforts are focused on establishing appropriate setbacks for development, opposing shoreline structures, and placing coastal lands in public trust.Learn More