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Posted on Jan 27, 2021 in Latest Department News, Newsroom

New Modern Dock Replaces Collapsed One 


(Honolulu)  For most of the past year, boaters using the busy State Boat Ramp at Maunalua Bay in East O‘ahu have not had the benefit of a loading dock. By Friday, a new $400,000 dock will be completed.

This morning a crane lifted the new dock into the water between the bay’s two concrete boat ramps. The structure is water-resistant, marine-grade aluminum and the decking is engineered plastic…both of which give the dock at least a 30-year life span. All of the hardware, like the cleats are corrosion resistant stainless steel or aluminun.

Finn McCall, an engineer with the DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) watched as the final parts of the dock were placed and then did a visual inspection. He’s heard from many boaters who were eager to see the work completed. McCall said, “We appreciate everyone’s patience during this long period of construction. I know many boaters are very 

excited to see this project completed. Now it will be easy to load and unload boats, and most 

importantly, safe.”

The old pre-cast concrete structure literally caved in on itself more than a year ago, rendering it unsafe and unusable. DOBOR actually condemned that dock. Last November concrete was pumped into a wooden frame to create the superstructure for the new dock. 

State Representative Gene Ward was a champion for the new dock. He commented, “On behalf of the fishing, recreational and boating community in Hawai‘i Kai, a robust shout out and mahalo to DLNR for replacing the Maunalua Bay loading dock on-time and on-budget, (well almost).” Construction delays did keep the dock from being completed on the intended date.

While the crane was on site today, it was also used to move concrete barriers away from the edge of the boat ramp. DOBOR officials say the new loading dock could be ready for use as soon as tomorrow, but certainly by Friday.

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(All images/video courtesy: DLNR)


HD video  Completion of Maunalua Bay Boat Ramp loading dock (Jan. 27, 2021): 

(Transcript of interview with Finn McCall attached)

HD video  Construction update & concrete pumping (Nov. 2, 2020): 

Photographs  Completion of Maunalua Bay Boat ramp loading dock (Jan 27, 2021):

Photographs  Construction start & old loading dock (Oct. 6, 2020):

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