Contractors finishing up work at Big Island harbor

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Kawaihae will likely have a new home for vessels by the end of the next month.

West Hawaii Today reported Monday contractors are finishing up work on a new floating dock and parking at Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor.

The $4.7 million project is designed to take the strain off the West Hawaii harbor's crowded facilities.

Hawaii Dredging Construction Company assistant superintendent Kris Maile says the 445-foot floating dock has space for 25 slips.

Gravel parking areas will have room for 11 boat trailers and 15 vehicles. It will have a 40-by-60-foot concrete wash down area with two spigots.

Tina Davis of Kohala Divers says the facility will be a welcome addition. She says people have had to spend years on a waitlist for mooring at the harbor.

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