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Hilo, Hawaii Begins Port Project, Cruisers Moved Outside

February 22, 2012 By: Susan Young


Photo courtesy Hawaii Department of Transportation

Hilo Harbor's cruise ship passenger screening area on the Big Island of Hawaii is being temporarily relocated from inside the Pier 1 Shed to that pier's outside walkway.

The Pier 1 Shed will undergo roof rehabilitation, utilities upgrades and other improvements. Total project cost is $54,000. The work is expected to be completed by March 13, 2012.

While the work is in progress, the port will create a temporary, tented processing area with utilities. When ships call at Hilo over the next few weeks, passengers will receive security screenings at this temporary facility.

“The Department of Transportation knows how important the cruise ship industry is to Hilo and all of Hawaii County,” said Transportation Director Glenn Okimoto. “We promise to do everything we can to minimize the disruption to the passengers and harbor operations. The Pier 1 Shed was originally built in 1927 and these renovations are a top priority for the department.”

The work at Pier 1 is just one of the ongoing projects at Hilo Harbor. DOT is currently dredging a portion of the harbor to create another approach to Pier 3 and to accommodate ships berthing at the future Pier 4.

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