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Users say Haleiwa harbor office in disrepair

Image courtesy: Carroll Cox Image courtesy: Carroll Cox
HALEIWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Haleiwa Harbor office has been an eyesore for years, but harbor users now worry that it's becoming a safety hazard.

The wooden, two-story building is supported in large part by beams that have seen significant termite and water damage. Walls on the buildings restrooms show significant cracking while rusted bolts keep much of the main structure together.

"There's been a long running lack of maintenance and deferrals for all of our boat harbors. We really need to make a higher priority," said State Sen. Gil Riviere.

The building houses the Department of Land and Natural Resources harbor offices. Boaters can pay their rent or apply for boat slips at the office. It also serves as a comfort station for the hundreds of visitors who go on whale watching and other ocean tours from the harbor.

Environmental activist Carroll Cox recently photographed the structure. He said the building would have been condemned if a private owner owned it.

"What we see here is the building itself seems to be threatened with termites and holes in the wall," said Cox. "It seems like it presents a danger to the public."

Riviere said he wants to see more funding for Hawaii's small boat harbors. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources, which oversees the small harbors, manages more than a million acres of state land and coastal waters but only gets 1 percent of the state's budget, he said.

A DLNR official had no comment.

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