Friday, August 13, 2010

Hanauma Bay in Hawaii Kai to be a Maintenance Priority

Honolulu City and County officials say they have a plan to repair and maintain the facilities at Hanauma Bay, which are in disrepair with some projects delayed for years. The city will take a more proactive approach by creating a weekly maintenance checklist.

Acting Honolulu mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city is well underway with repairs and that starting Tuesday, a new plan is in place. "On a weekly basis, we'll be getting a checklist of all the different areas of this bay that need to be properly maintained, and so when something is not working, we will know about it more quickly, in a more timely manner and it will be addressed and fixed in real time," Caldwell said.

"We believe we need to do a better job, that's what we've done now, we've got a checklist in place, we're going to be doing it on a weekly basis, when we find things that need to be repaired, it will be repaired," Caldwell continued.

Hanauma Bay repairs are funded by $5.9-million each year in non-resident fees, parking and concession dollars.

While maintenance needs are constant, the island treasure attracts almost a million visitors a year. A lot of these folks stop in Hawaii Kai en route, so it is in our community's interest to keep the tourist facilities in good condition too. We are pleased the City will be more active in protecting this beautiful Oahu natural attraction.

Barbara Abe, Realtor


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