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Our goal is to provide a safe, efficient and enjoyable harbor for all. To help insure the safety of our boating community and protect both the harbor and ocean environments we are beginning the efforts to repair and improve Kewalo Basin Harbor. On February 29th, 2015, The Howard Hughes Corporation submitted a Development Permit Application to the HCDA in order to begin repairing and modernizing the Harbor.

The primary purpose of the proposed multi-phased project is to provide a safer harbor experience. The project will also improve the current and future uses of Kewalo Basin for commercial fishing, tour, charter, and pleasure craft operations, while also maintaining this vital commercial and community resource for the State.

The full redevelopment concept for Kewalo Basin will increase moorage within the harbor, provide modernized amenities to boaters, improve operational efficiencies within the basin, and better integrate the berthing and mooring facilities with shore-side utilities and infrastructure.

There will be two (2) public hearings regarding the HCDA Development Permit for the project. The first, a HCDA Presentation Hearing, is scheduled for May 4th, 2016. The second, a Decision Making Hearing, is scheduled for June 1st, 2016. For further information on the permit and hearings, or to submit online testimony, please visit the HCDA’s website by clicking on the button below.

HCDA Website – Notice of Public Hearings

Recent History of Kewalo Harbor Repair Efforts

  • 2010-2012 – HCDA designed and permitted work to repair the Harbor. Obtained Army Corp Permit, Shoreline Management Area Permit, Conservation District Use Permit and HCDA Development Permit for the project.
  • 2012-2014 – Due to a lack of funding, work is not able to begin on the repairs.
  • 2014 – The Howard Hughes Corporation is selected by the HCDA in a competition to lease the harbor and make necessary repairs. A lease was executed with HCDA, and HHC began operations of the harbor in September 2014.
  • 2015 – Upon completion of the lease agreement with HCDA, The Howard Hughes Corporation issued a design build RFP for the project and selected Sea Engineering and Coffman Engineering to design the necessary repairs and upgrades.
  • 2016 – After completing project design and transferring and extending the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Letter of Permission, the Conservation District Use and the State Management Area permits, The Howard Hughes Corporation has applied to the HCDA for the Development Permit to begin work on the harbor repairs and upgrades.

In addition to water improvements, The Howard Hughes corporation is continuing to work on revitalization efforts of the land (Lots 2 and 3) surrounding Kewalo Harbor. These lots include the area fronting Ala Moana Boulevard (known as the Charter Boat Building) and the lot located Makai of the Harbor, which was recently vacated by NOAA. The Howard Hughes Corporation is continuing to work with the HCDA on finalizing any necessary agreements in order to proceed with land improvements. For updates about the Kewalo Harbor land revitalization or to learn more please visit www.kewalois.com.