Ala Wai Harbor

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Ray Pendleton, Star-Bulletin Water Ways columnist, calls this a "Trash-berg".  He snapped this photo from the Waikiki Yacht Club. Steered by tides, rains, and winds, the trash-bergs drift about the marina unhindered by human intervention.

Aerial of WYC Trash-berg

Photo by Ray Pendleton after a winter rain. The trash originates upstream in the Ala Wai Canal watershed.

Trash-bergs "...  made up of cut logs, limbs and branches, and a wide variety of wood, plastic, rubber and foam containers." writes Ray in his column Trash-berg solutions are needed

Welcome to Waikiki

As you walk across the bridge into Waikiki, you're greeted with this debris trap. The trap snags a tiny portion of the debris that floats down the Ala Wai Canal and into the Ala Wai Harbor.

Mooring in soup

Only boat owners and the Sierra Club clean the harbor. The state bought a machine for the job, but it was too big.

Ala Wai "F" dock looking away from the harbor office.
DOBOR removed the slips, actually some floated away. As of Mar 2004, there is no contract nor RFP to replace the docks.
"F" dock as seen from the X-dock that accesses "B", "C", & "D" docks.
The boaters of "F" dock were moved to the designated transient slips on the 800 Row. Now, there is no room for transients. Welcome cruisers!



Danger banner on a condemned 700 Dock pier.
The condemned piers of 700 dock looking towards the fuel dock.
700 dock looking towards Diamond Head.

This is one of "safe" piers on 700 dock.
Look closely and you'll see the crumbling cap on the piling and re-bar drooping from the pier to the water.
B, C, & D docks are deteriorating as well.
This "D" finger has been abandoned.
"D" dock finger


Scary. This sign warns boaters before entering the brand new (2002) "G" Dock.
The problem of static electricity on the dock has not been solved. Watch those sparks.
Great Liveaboard - 25 footer!
Part of the problem is that many who are "nested" in the Ala Wai with cheap rent and a waterfront Waikiki "condo" fight every attempt to correct the problem. I'm a long-time liveaboard myself, not at Ala Wai, and have nothing against liveaboards. But if the only purpose of the boat is as a cheap place to live, then...


Dock Maintenance:

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Harbor Agent:  Meghan Statts

1651 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Ph: (808) 973-9727 Fax: (808) 973-9739

O'ahu District Supervisor:  Edward Underwood (Acting)

Division of Boating & Ocean Recreation
333 Queen Street, Room 300
Honolulu, Hawai`i 96813
Phone 808-587-1973   FAX 808-587-1977

State Senator: Gordon Trimble

12th Senatorial District
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 203
415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
phone 808-586-7100     FAX 808-586-7109

State Representative:  Galen Fox

23rd Representative District
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 318
415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
phone 808-586-8520     Fax 808-586-8524

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Last modified: 05/12/04

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