Surfrider Foundation believes that all people should have access to water quality data. Our BWTF program empowers the local community to make informed decisions about where it is – or is not safe to swim.
Of the 16 sites regularly tested in 2023, three sites (Kalepolepo Beach Park, Wailuku Stream, and Māliko Bay) had over 20% of their samples exceed state health standards. All of these sites showed similarly high bacteria levels in 2022.
The Maui Chapter has been particularly focused on understanding how post-fire toxins from the devastating Lāhainā fire may impact ocean goers. This has been especially challenging given issues around access to the burned areas and a general lack of understanding of how these toxins react or change in the ocean environment. The Chapter was able to collect water quality samples along the Lāhainā coastline in early December 2023 and January 2024. These samples are currently being analyzed for the presence of heavy metals. Since September 2023, the Chapter has also partnered with the Hui O Ka Wai Ola to collect enterococcus samples from the Lāhainā area. Read More >
As part of its recently launched STOP Sewage Pollution program, Surfrider Foundation encourages homeowners to improve water quality by following these 8 simple steps:
Community members are encouraged to check water quality results posted online before they head to the beach at bwtf.surfrider.org/explore/44. Current and historic data are available.