Maui Now : Public Lecture on Maui Coastal Erosion, Jan. 2

The Maui Nui Marine Resource Council invites the public to a free presentation by Dr. Michael Foley on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 that will explore ways to reduce coastal erosion on Maui. Specifically, the lecture will explore the way artificial reefs and other offshore wave dissipation techniques could be used to reduce coastal erosion.

Dr. Foley working on protecting Maui’s coastal shoreline and reefs. PC: MNMRC.

The presentation is part of Maui Nui Marine Resource Council’s monthly meeting series, which is free and open to the public and will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Pacific Whale Foundation’s classrooms at the Māʻalaea Harbor Shops (300 Māʻalaea Road, Wailuku).

Dr. Michael Foley will be the event speaker at the Maui Nui marine Resource Council’s free public presentation. PC: MNMRC.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and refreshments will be served.

Dr. Michael Foley will be the event’s speaker. Dr. Foley is a professional engineer and leader of the Resilient Sustainable Engineering team at Oceanit, a company with headquarters in Honolulu that employs more than 160 scientists and engineers.


Considered one of the state’s leading experts on shoreline erosion, Foley has designed artificial reef systems to provide coastal protection and promote coral reef habitats. He has also been a key contributor to understanding issues and identifying solutions for beach erosion and sand depletion.

Dr. Foley grew up on Maui. He is an avid surfer, serves on the Board of Directors of the Hawaiʻi Shore and Beach Preservation Association, and volunteers with the Surfrider Foundation. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, specializing in the application of submerged breakwaters that provide coastal and harbor protection while simultaneously providing ecological and recreational value as coral reef habitat and surf breaks.

“Many of us on Maui are wondering what can be done about shoreline erosion and the loss of beaches and coastal areas,” says Amy Hodges, Programs Manager at Maui Nui Marine Resource Council. “Dr. Foley’s talk will explore some innovative options that could be considered to help reduce shoreline loss.”

According to the company’s website, “Oceanit is committed to pursuing responsible solutions to the world’s most difficult problems, blending interdisciplinary science, technology, engineering, and innovative thinking to benefit our global community. Through spin-outs, co-development partnerships, licensing, and direct manufacturing, Oceanit is able to deliver solutions to market. Oceanit calls this practice ‘Mind-to-Market’; delivering deep science to disruptive, real-world breakthroughs.”

Maui Nui Marine Resource Council is a nonprofit organization celebrating 11 years of working for healthy coral reefs, clean ocean water and abundant native fish.

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