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Ground Breaking for Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor Improvements Will Happen Tomorrow

A ground breaking for Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor Improvements will happen tomorrow, Friday June 7th.

Me in front of an LCAC at the Kawaihae Harbor

Me in front of an LCAC at the Kawaihae Harbor

WHEN: Friday, June 7, 2013, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor (South) in Kawaihae, Hawaii



  • William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR Chairperson


  • Senator Malama Solomon and Representative Cindy Evans
  •  William Wilson, President, Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company


  •  Edward Underwood, Administrator, DLNR Div. of Boating and Ocean Recreation

Facility Blessing

  •  Keoni Atkinson

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation invites boaters and the public to attend a ground breaking ceremony on Friday, June 7, for the Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor (South) Improvements Phase 1 project at the Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor (South).

The Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor (South) was dredged in the 1970s, and the breakwater was built in the 1990s and has remained relatively unused since. This project will develop the Kawaihae South Small Boat Harbor to include an ADA accessible 435-foot long floating dock, finger pier, moorings, water system, vehicle and trailer parking, a comfort station, and boat wash down area.

Harbor Modernization Project Begins at Kawaihae Harbor

The state Department of Transportation (DOT) Harbors Division kicked off a $7 million harbor terminal improvement project at Kawaihae Harbor on Hawaii Island today.  This harbor modernization project is part of Governor Neil Abercrombie’s New Day Work Projects.

Me in front of an LCAC at the Kawaihae Harbor

Me in front of an LCAC at the Kawaihae Harbor

During this morning’s groundbreaking ceremony, state DOT Director Glenn Okimoto said, “For the past ten years, Kawaihae Harbor has experienced steady growth; these much needed improvements will ensure safe and efficient cargo operations into West Hawaii now and in the future.  Kawaihae Harbor is a vital hub for the resorts, businesses, and residents along Hawaii’s west coast.”

The project will include paving 3.1 acres of land adjacent to Pier 2.  The container yard will be used by shippers to load and store containers.  The project also includes associated infrastructure work such as area lighting, fire protection and drainage.  An aging Harbors Division office and comfort station will be demolished and a new Harbor Division office trailer will be installed near the South Gate.  In addition, a new comfort station will be constructed. The terminal container yard improvements will increase cargo handling capacity by approximately 11%.

Construction is anticipated to continue for another 12 to 16 months.


25 Year-Old Dies in a Two-Vehicle Crash in Kamuela

Media Release:

A 25-year-old Waimea man died Wednesday (July 27) from injuries he received in a two-vehicle crash on Kawaihae Road (Route 19) .4 miles west of the 63-mile marker in Kamuela.

The driver was identified as Isaiah Lindsey of a Kamuela address.

Responding to a 5:44 p.m. call, South Kohala patrol officers determined that Lindsey was operating a 1988 Ford multi-purpose vehicle and traveling east on Kawaihae Road when he crossed the centerline and collided with a 2010 Toyota pickup truck traveling east and being operated by a 27-year-old woman from Kamuela.

Both drivers and a 31-year-old woman from Kamuela, who was a passenger in the Ford, were taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital.

Lindsey was pronounced dead at 6:32 p.m.

The female passenger was in serious condition and confined to North Hawaii Community Hospital.

The driver of the Toyota was treated and released with minor injuries.

Lindsey was not wearing a seat belt. It is unknown at this time if speed, alcohol or drugs were involved.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask that anyone with information about this crash call Officer Thomas Koyanagi at 326-4646, extension 229.

This is the 15th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 18 at this time last year.