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$9.1M Kaunakakai Ferry Terminal Improvements Complete

May 20, 2014, 2:41 PM HST
* Updated May 20, 4:27 PM
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File photo by Wendy Osher.

File photo by Wendy Osher.

By Maui Now Staff

The state Department of Transportation today announced the completion of improvements to the Ferry Terminal at Kaunakakai Harbor on Molokaʻi.

State officials say passengers using the ferry from Kaunakakai to Lahaina Harbor on Maui now have an upgraded and modernized facility with an expanded passenger waiting area, upgraded restroom facilities, a larger parking lot for better traffic flow,  a new fire protection system, and an upgraded sewage system.

The $9.1 million project was funded with 80% Federal Transit Administration funds and 20% state funds, according to the state DOT.

“This project demonstrates my administration’s commitment to improving Hawaii’s infrastructure across all islands, and is a great example of state departments working together to complete projects,” said Governor Neil Abercrombie in a press release announcing the completed project.

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“The Kaunakakai Harbor facility is now more comfortable for ferry passengers and also safer due to the installation of a modern fire suppression system.”

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Senator J Kalani English, whose district includes Molokaʻi, said, “The upgrades made to Kaunakakai Harbor will provide both visitors and residents traveling between Maui and Molokaʻi with a new and improved experience. My colleagues and I at the Hawaiʻi State Legislature understand how important it is to invest in our harbors, airports, highways and roads. We will continue to identify and appropriate funding for key transportation infrastructure projects such as this one that will improve the quality of life for everyone.”

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