A proposal for a complete rebuilding of the downtown Lahaina seawall area has been offered by Donn Beach, founder of the Don the Beachcomber restaurants in Honolulu and other cities.
The old broken wall, Beach told members of the Lahaina Retail Committee last week, "is a scrawny looking thing at best".
The area could be turned into a large and attractive pedestrian mall, he said, by moving everything some 200 feet out to sea. The area between the new seawall and Front Street could be landscaped and provided with trees, benches and fountains.
The new area could be a spot for people to meet, a place to see the sunset and the view of nearby Lanai, and "an interesting place just to sit and comtemplate your navel," he said.
Beach said he would produce a sketch of his proposed mall for further consideration by the Retail Committee.
Beach is the past president of the Wailuku Improvement Assn. He is a part owner of the Lahaina Tree Garden (formerly the Lahaina Beer Garden) at the Lahaina Market Place.
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Buck Quayle at the Maui Lahaina Sun bureau circa 1970
Reporter/Photographer Buck Quayle in 1971 in Maui with the Cartagenian in the background
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