Mariners: Derelict boats at Ala Wai Harbor underscore bigger issues at facility

As state eyes Ala Wai harbor redevelopment, some boats already there are sinking or rotting away

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state’s continuing struggles to remove the Navatek II are symptomatic of its challenges at the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor.

On Friday, Hawaii News Now found at least half a dozen sinking or impounded boats at the Ala Wai Boat Harbor, and users said there are many more.

Two of the boats we found were fully submerged next to a makai pier, which is not being used. The boats have been there for several months, residents said.

“It is the laughing stock of anyone who lives in the area. It’s just another example of what’s wrong with government," said Dave Moskowitz, a longtime Waikiki resident.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources said it’s trying to remove as many as 24 derelict vessels at various Oahu harbors, but has run into snags in the procurement process.

“This is an issue that takes up a ton of staff time and is never ending,” said DLNR spokesman Dan Dennison.

He said the department has “to follow very specific rules for noticing owners, auctioning or disposing."

But longtime Ala Wai Harbor resident Sam Monet said the DLNR is partly to blame because it got rid of the boat repair yard.

“If we had a haul out yard here, you could simply motor over, get it fixed and you’d be fine," said Monet.

As for the Navatek II, it been pumped out and righted temporarily. It will still need to be removed by crane and set aside for evaluation.

So far, the process has cost the state more than $60,000.

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