Abandoned Boat Finally Hauled Off

Steve Wieland
Steve Wieland
The boat was destroyed on September 28 at Waimanalo Gulch landfill
The boat was destroyed on September 28 at Waimanalo Gulch landfill

by Leland Kim

KAILUA (KHNL) - An eyesore that has annoyed people on Windward Oahu for months has finally been hauled away. It's an abandoned boat that sat on the side of busy Mokapu Boulevard in Kailua and it is finally moving.

Steve Wieland, who owned the boat, says he sold it in July to a man who apparently dumped it a month later.  The problem is Wieland never transferred the paperwork.  The boat is still registered to Wieland's sister and Wieland wanted to take action before he got a knock on his door.

"I don't want to be responsible for it if the DLNR tries to fine me," he said.

Wieland says he tried to contact the man who bought the boat from him, but had little to go on.

"I had his phone number on my phone but it was blocked and I couldn't get no response from the police or anything," he said.  "They told me I had to pay period so here I am cleaning it up.  Sorry about what he did."

So, Wieland rented a trailer and, with a buddy's help, hauled it away.  A local dump site wouldn't accept it because the boat was too big, so Wieland took it all the way up to Waimanalo Gulch Landfill on the other side of the island.

A 110,000-ton compactor demolished it in a matter of minutes. A once valued cabin cruiser has gone from treasure to trash, just another piece of debris, barely recognizable from the yacht it used to be.

Wieland says this experience has been a valuable lesson.

"I learned next time I sell anything, get the correct information from the individual and maybe make two copies of it 'cause a year later it could come back to haunt you," he said.

The viewer who first told us about the boat, said she's very grateful and commends Wieland for what she calls, a high level of accountability. She says this shows the true spirit of Hawai'i.