Floating object believed to be hull of a trimaran to be removed

Tiffany Ponche
Tiffany Ponche
Meghan Statts
Meghan Statts

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

KAILUA (HawaiiNewsNow) - A strange object that's causing quite at an East Oahu beach, is finally identified and the State Department of Land and Natural Resources says by lunchtime on Tuesday, the piece of boat, floating on the shore of Kalama Beach, should be removed.

Over the past few days many have come up with a few answers to exactly what that "thing" is that joined them on the sands of Kalama Beach.

"The shape looks like it could be something from an airplane, but I don't think it's an airplane," Lanikai resident Tiffany Ponche said.

Others say it may have come from a failed attempt at making something.

"We think it was probably someone's personal project that they built to race, but then they sunk it," Kailua resident Robert Heckman said.

Ponche feels it came from a movie filmed off Hawaii's waters.

"I read that possibly it was left over from filming Waterworld, when they filmed Waterworld on this island 10 years ago and it had been left out at sea and finally washed ashore and the barnacles look like they've been on there for 10 years," she said.

Heckman noticed it floating ashore on Friday while he was surfing.

"It was way out there and then during the hour we were surfing, it came into shore, if you look at it closely you can tell it was actually a boat, because it's still got all the sailboat riggings on it," he said.

The 13-year-old guessed right, as State officials confirmed it.

"Looks like a piece of a trimaran that seems that it's been in the water for an extended period of time, we don't know where it came from, but we are taking steps to remove it," DLNR Boating Division Oahu district manager Meghan Statts said.

A trimaran, just in case you didn't know, is a boat with three hulls.

"We have hired a contractor to come in and remove the piece of the boat via the ocean, we'll be taking it over to Kailua Boat Ramp, where it will be cut up in three pieces and then we'll bring it back over to Keehi Small Boat Harbor, where our staff will dispose of it," Statts said.

And maybe even find out who the owner is by finding the Hull ID.

"It's actually unusual, usually when there's any kind of groundings or sinkings, most of the boat is usually taken away or in certain cases, depending on where it is, sometimes the boat sinks to the bottom of the ocean," Statts said.

The total cost of removing the trimaran is around $8,000.

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