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Beach Access

Protecting Beach Access
For Everyone

Beaches are where we live, where we work, and where we come to play. This is why we are determined to keep our beaches accessible for all to enjoy. Although in Hawaii we enjoy the right to beach access, sometimes that access is blocked or otherwise threatened. From locked gates to restricted hours, from exclusive developments to economic barriers, these threats all limit access to our public beaches. We believe that beaches should be accessible to everyone. The Surfrider network of chapters, clubs and volunteers are determined to keep our beaches accessible for all to enjoy.

To help combat this problem, the Surfrider Foundation works with decision-making bodies to evaluate each beach access issue that arises. We also pursue litigation to ensure full and fair access to all beaches, for all people. In instances of existing public coastal access, we believe that the access must be retained or that new and increased opportunities should be provided—especially to those beaches or areas that offer recreational activities. Being able to access the places we love is something we take very seriously. We protect and preserve access to these places so that we can enjoy them.

For more information about beach access you can check out the State of the Beach page on Beachapedia for Hawai‘i.

Do you have a beach access issue to report on Maui?  

Please use our access reporting form to help us get all the information we need to look into the issue, and please email photos of the access issue you’re reporting to 

Keawekepu Beach trail in Maui