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Boat Owners Say Dock Repairs Are Too Little, Too Late.

A damaged dock at the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor A damaged dock at the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor
Joe Lepore Joe Lepore
Work crews make repairs on docks Work crews make repairs on docks
Peter Young Peter Young

(KHNL) - The state has begun repairing an aging dock at the Ala Wai small boat harbor.

Some boat owners say it's about time.

But they also say there are other docks in a similar state of disrepair.

Residents we talked to say they're happy the state is doing something to repair the dock.

But they question why the state waited so long to take action.

Joe Lepore describes the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor-- his home for the last few years.

"It's sort of like a ghetto, when it should be a jewel," said LePore

He shows us around Dock "B"

He says this is just one dock that needs repair.

Lepore explaine, "They're all about the same. They're barely hanging on."

Drums filled with water help keep part of this slip from turning over.

This one couldn't be saved.

The framework is either splitting or rusting, causing the cement to crack.

Lepore says it's about time the state began work to repair a nearby aging dock.

"These docks have taken quite a pounding over the years, we really need to have permanent docks," said Lepore.

On Monday, crews worked to repair Dock "D".

Workers will add a galvanized steel frame to the deteriorating pier, and plywood across the top.

Officials say this is a temporary fix until they can get funding for a complete overhaul.

"For the last three years, DLNR has submitted a CIP request for $10 million dollars. Of that, $3.3 million was for Ala Wai docks and unfortunately, those have not been approved by the legislature," said Peter Young, director of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

The state had to condemn the dock for safety concerns and displaced 46 boaters.

Lepore worries if more docks are repaired, other boat owners could face a similar fate.

Lepore said, "That's the fear, if it's condemned where are they going to go?"

DLNR officials recognize that docks B & C are in serious need for repair.

They say once dock D is repaired by October, they will inspect docks B & C.

So far, no final decision has been on whether these two docks will be condemned.

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