DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
PETER T. YOUNG, CHAIRPERSON
Phone: (808) 587-0401
Fax: (808) 587-0390
For Immediate Release:
DLNR Breaks Ground On New Comfort Station
LAHAINA — The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) today broke ground for the start of construction of a new comfort station at the Lahaina Small Boat Harbor.
Governor Linda Lingle, Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa, Ed Underwood, acting administrator of the DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation, and Keoki Freeland, executive director of the Lahaina Restoration Foundation and Karee Carlucci, executive director, of the Lahaina Town Action Committee – two community organizations which strongly supported the project -- were among the participants in an afternoon ceremony at the harbor.
This project is part of the Lingle-Aiona administration’s ongoing commitment to improve small boat harbors and parks statewide.
Construction will begin Sept. 1 with demolition of the old 375 square foot comfort station. A new 1,200 square foot modern comfort station, with site landscaping, accessible ramps, and walkways, parking stalls, signage and utilities will be completed by the end of May, 2007.
“We are happy to be moving forward to replace the old restroom facility with a new, modern and larger building which will be better able to handle today’s larger number of users from the harbor and visitors in Lahaina town,” said Peter Young, DLNR chairperson.
In keeping with the historic character of Lahaina, design consultant Mitsunaga and Associates, Inc. designed the comfort station to resemble a plantation house, with green wooden siding and red corrugated metal roofing.
The interior of the comfort station was designed to utilize modern building materials to minimize vandalism and reduce maintenance cost.
The enlarged comfort station will provide, on the women’s side 5 sinks and 12 toilets; and on the men’s side: 4 sinks, 2 urinals and 4 toilets. During construction portable toilets will be provided along Wharf Street.
The landscaping design incorporated most of the existing palms and coconut palm trees, and the large kamani tree. It also included native planting, which include naupaka, loulu palms, ti and dwarf laua‘e ferns.
The contractor is Maui Master Builders. Project cost is $1,340,205 for planning, design and construction. The project was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration and by the Hawaii State Legislature.
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