Kulanihakoi Gulch in North Kihei is a vital mauka-to-makai gulch that carries water from the watershed’s highlands down to the Kihei floodplain, where it eventually meets the sea. In between there are some flood-prone areas on the flood plain as well as some permanent wetland springs nearer the shoreline. The entire system acts like a reservoir and filter for floodwaters mitigating the effects of flooding and keeping a large amount of sediment out of the ocean. This video shows a flooding event and the extent to which this gulch can become flooded.
Video by Peter Coombs: Rain water from up-country floods the Kalepolepo Gulch and Kaonoulu Road in North Kihei Maui.