KONA — 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.
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.