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Blessing to kick off Lahaina Harbor Front Improvement Project

By Staff | Apr 14, 2016

The first phase of the project includes building two shade trellises planted with puhuehue (beach morning glory).

LAHAINA – Phase I of the much-anticipated Lahaina Harbor Front Improvement Project will kick off with a blessing on Saturday, April 16, at 9 a.m. at Lahaina Harbor. The gathering will be held at the project site next to the cannons, directly in front of the boat slips and across from the Old Lahaina Courthouse.

The public is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

The blessing will be led by Keeaumoku Kapu, and Mayor Alan Arakawa will address the community.

Lahaina Restoration Foundation will introduce the contractor for the project, Betsill Brothers LLC, and provide an overview and timeline for the improvements.

This project is the result of community planning meetings held in 2012 and 2013 to improve the Lahaina Harbor front area.

After nine months of discussion, a written plan was developed that called for reverence for the historic and cultural sites, management of congestion and making the area safe for all users.

Other concerns were beautification of the area, shade for waiting passengers and a pedestrian-first design.

Phase I of the project will include two shade trellises planted with puhuehue (beach morning glory), and a large, half-circle planter that will include seating, planted with Maui rose and encompassing the existing fox tail palms.

The existing hau tree will remain, as will the existing large false kamani tree. The kou trees will be replaced with new, healthier kou trees.

Construction is expected to start the following week, pendng final permits. This project is coordinated by Lahaina Restoration Foundation in partnership with the County of Maui Parks Department.

Weekly e-mail updates will be issued by Lahaina Restoration Foundation on the progress of the construction. To add your name to that list, send your e-mail address to info@lahainarestoration.org. A Facebook page will also be updated regularly.