The Makapu’u Lighthouse is scheduled to undergo maintenance starting Tuesday.
The project is expected to be completed on Feb. 22, 2017. Mariners are advised during this time, there will be a temporary light established with diminished brightness and range. These changes are noted in the local broadcast to mariners.
“The purpose of the refurbishment of the lighthouse is to ensure the structural integrity and the aesthetic quality for years to come,” said Cmdr. Brian Donahue, chief of prevention waterways, Coast Guard 14th District.
Some repairs being made to the lighthouse are repainting the walls and roof panels, replacing broken wall panels and the metal gutter, patching cracks in the concrete steps and adjusting the exterior door panel.
The lighthouse will remain off limits to the public, but those who hike the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail are urged to exercise caution due the increased activity and traffic of the construction crews.
Questions or concerns can be directed to Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Youngblood, Coast Guard 14th District prevention waterways at 808-535-3409.
The Makapu’u Lighthouse was built in 1901, and has since been a spectacle for sightseers and continues to serve as an aid to navigation for mariners.