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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   October 4, 2006

 

 

 

CONSTRUCTION OF NANAKULI CANOE HALAU

 SET TO BEGIN NOVEMBER 1

           

            The Kahe half of Nanakuli Beach Park, the area known as Nanakuli Flats,  will be closed beginning November 1 to allow for construction of the long-awaited Nanakuli Beach Canoe Halau.

            Any campers in that portion of the park are being notified that they will have to move out. No camping permits will be issued for Nanakuli Beach Park effective November 1. The work will also require closure of the park road and parking lot. The heavily used multipurpose building, basketball courts and softball field on the Waianae side of the park will not be affected by the closure.          

            T. Iida Contracting, Ltd. is the contractor for the $685,758 halau project, which is scheduled to take six months.  The halau will be a concrete shelter with a wood room for outrigger canoes, something the community has been seeking for years. The groups that have long been asking for the halau to be built include the Waianae Neighborhood Board and the Leeward Kai Cano Club.

            Construction will require driving reinforced concrete piles into the ground. The nearby campsites and the park road and parking lot will be closed to the public for the duration of the project in the interests of public safety and because of the need for vehicular access and material storage areas.

            During construction, the City Department of Parks and Recreation will work on improvements to the closed areas of the park. As part of its continuing effort to revitalize City parks, the department seeks opportunities like this to minimize inconvenience to the public.

            The portions of Nanakuli Beach Park that are not closed for the halau project will also be cleaned up, which may involve brief, temporary closures. The halau and the clean-up effort are scheduled to be completed in April 2007.

            The project follows the completion earlier this year of the canoe halau at Pokai Bay Beach Park. After that halau was opened, Mayor Mufi Hannemann led a community cleanup of Pokai Bay and other City beach parks on the Waianae Coast.

 

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Contact:

            Bill Brennan, 527-6928

            Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

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