Fishermen Want Leeward Boat Ramp Reopened - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Fishermen Want Leeward Boat Ramp Reopened

Randy Worgamot Randy Worgamot
Creighton Chang Creighton Chang
When a truck tries to line up a boat trailer at the "Phoenician" the tires spin because there is no traction When a truck tries to line up a boat trailer at the "Phoenician" the tires spin because there is no traction
The small boat ramp at Kalaeloa known as the "Phonecian" The small boat ramp at Kalaeloa known as the "Phonecian"
Fishermen used the Ko Olina ramp for two years before the fence went up Fishermen used the Ko Olina ramp for two years before the fence went up

By Beth Hillyer

KO OLINA (KHNL) -- Watch what happens when a truck tries to line up a boat trailer at this leeward ramp. The tires spin because there is no traction and the truck starts fishtailing.

"It wasn't real fun with low tide like today the truck has no traction you get heavier boat like this on there hard to get them out of there," said Fisherman Randy Worgamot.

With the boat's extra weight the tires spin and the truck sways.

"There are big bumps in there if you get on the backside of them there is no way with it being all mossy no way to get boat once you got it on the trailer," said Worgamot.

Boaters and fisherman complain the small boat ramp at Kalaeloa known as the Phonecian is not safe.

"If you take a look at this ramp it's very dangerous. You see the rails are low ramp too flat concrete work is bad," said Fisherman Creighton Chang.

Boaters want answers why Ko Olina developers closed off the public boat ramp they promised the community.

"We've been fighting this case for three years now and we feel Koolina has broken the law and we want them to re-open the boat ramp and put it back how it was based on what we found in documents to land use commission," said Chang.

The fisherman used the Ko Olina ramp for two years before the fence went up.

"Back in 2005 without any notice we were turned away at the gate they said it was no longer available. I think it should be open give the fisherman a choice of where they want to go," concludes Chang.

And the fisherman sadly view the Koolina ramp as the "one that got away."

Koolina lawyers did not return our calls but testified before the land use commssion they spent half a million doallars to improve the alternative ramp and they feel they are in compliance with the law.

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