Signage Creates Hazard at Black Sand Beach in Makena State Park!


Not the place to be when the rocks slide.

The word from Dan Quinn was that Black Sand would only be reopened with signage approved by the Board of the Department of Land and Natural Resources after the October 15, 2006 earthquake. Ten months later Black Sand opened on August 22, 2007. Signage was approved by the Board of the Department of Land and Natural Resources at the August 10, 2007 meeting at least this is what Governor Lingle advised regarding a question on this issue in Dr. Leisure's letter of July 30, 2007.

Eleven signs were added to Makena State Park and one was removed. The eleven signs had language approved by the Board of the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Five signs now clutter the landscape as one approaches the climb over access to Little Beach. Interestingly the signs suggest the rocks will fall from the ocean side of the beach rather than the hillside. Oh, Well! It could be worse.

 Over at Black Sand Beach the sign posted shortly after the earthquake was taken down and replaced with two apparently approved signs shown. Actually three sets of these signs were placed. One set adjacent to the parking lot at Black Sand beach. One set on the path coming around the cinder cone from Little Beach. ( On the trail leading up the hill.) And the final set of signs was placed directly under the slide area on the beach!

The view of the hillside where the falling rocks come from. The placement of this sign is not by accident and stupidity. It's placement is a manifestation of the contempt held by various members of the DLNR staff for the park visitor to Makena State Park be they residents or tourist.

This is the previously posted sign which apparently was not satisfactory. It clearly states on the bottom of the sign that it is a sign of the Department of Land and Natural Resources. You are not in danger when you read this sign. The new sign is to the left of where this one was located and directly under the slide area. Be careful!

The DLNR has the capabilities to make its own signs and this one was done in house. Interesting the new approved signs lack any indication of the authority under which they are produced. A small tag on the back indicates they are the product of Maui Signs.

Where one sign that appeared to be perfectly adequate as a warning there have now been eleven additional signs added to the park.


Daniel S. Quinn in a letter dated May 15, 2007 explains the closure of Black Sand Beach since Oct 15, 2006 thus: “The Black Sand Beach area has been determined to be unsafe due to cracks on the edges of Pu’u Ola’i caused by the earthquake of October, 2006. This area has been closed since that time for public safety reasons We will be seeking the Board of Land and Natural Resources’ approval to post new warning and danger signs in this area . Once this has been done,
a portion of the Black Sand Beach section of the park will be reopened, with signage posted to protect the public from venturing into unsafe areas.”

Before  After August 21,2007

Sonny Vic inspects the warning sign which has been in place shortly after the earthquake of October 15, 2006. Dan Quinn states that they are still waiting on clearance from the Board of the Department of Land and Natural Resources for approval of signing. This sort of verbal non sense has resulted in a request for his dismissal in a letter to the governor the end of July.


Addresses and other information on the current stewards of Makena.

Friends of Makena State Park

 Friends of Makena State Park was formally formed in 2003 to assist the Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources in the stewardship of  Makena State Park.

Consider a contribution to Doctor Leisure's Friends of Makena State Park  if you want to help defray the cost of this site and the efforts to save Makena State Park and the adjacent lands from unneeded and unwanted development.  Twenty dollars pays for the gasoline necessary to get Dr. Leisure to the park for five days. Forty dollars pays for the ink cartridge for the printer. Twenty five dollars covers the cost of the web site for one month.

Membership is open to anyone interested in the stewardship of  the unique natural resource that constitutes Makena State Park situated on the island of Maui in the Hawai'i 'i Islands. The world famous nude beach known as Little Beach is contiguous to Makena State Park.

To declare your membership and to receive the electronic newsletter of Dr. Leisure's Friends of Makena State Park click this link: LittleBeachMaui-subscribe@topica.com  and send a blank email.

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Kihei, HI 96753

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