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Document October 25, 2006

Hawaii Public Beach Decision

Court ruling on definition of public beach in Hawaii.

Press Release: Victory October 25, 2006

Hawai`i Supreme Court Issues Landmark Decision on Public Access to Beach

Shoreline reaffirmed at highest wash of waves; use of induced vegetation rejected

An aerial view on Na Pali coast on Kauai island in Hawaii.
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case July 28, 2005

Defending Public Beaches in Hawai`i

The Hawai`i Supreme Court has issued a ruling strongly reaffirming that the shoreline in Hawai`i, which marks the boundary between public beach and private land, extends to the highest wash of the waves, and rejecting the use of artificially planted vegetation to determine the shoreline The court, in a unanimous decision, reversed the state’s decision…

Press Release July 25, 2005

Citizens Challenge Process for Determining Shoreline, Public Beach in Hawaii

Emphasis on “vegetation line” in agency rules contradicts law, encourages abuse