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Project to Expand Kawaihae Small Boat Berthings Set for June

April 12, 2013, 11:54 AM HST
* Updated April 12, 11:59 AM
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The US Army Corps of Engineers has given the go-ahead for a project that will increase the number of berths at the Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor.

The project involves construction of an 8-foot wide, 445-foot long floating dock which will provide 25 new berthing stalls.

The project had been delayed for more than 4½ years while the impact to coral and endangered species was analyzed. The Corps issued a permit for the project on March 21.

Groundbreaking for the project is scheduled for June.

“I am pleased that we will now be moving forward with the much-needed improvements to the Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor (South),” said Sen. Malama Solomon, who represents District 4, encompassing Hilo, Hāmākua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikoloa and Kona. “These improvements have been long-awaited by the North Hawaiʻi community and will greatly enhance the safety and capacity of our harbor.”

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The south section of the Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor was initially dredged in the 1970s. Protective breakwaters were completed in the late 1990s.

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