The navigation improvement project for the Ma'alaea Small Boat Harbor to address safety and surge-related problems has been terminated. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was the federal sponsor of the project, and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation was the non-federal sponsor.
The project was originally authorized in 1968. Concerns over impacts to adjacent surf breaks and biological resources were raised on several occasions, resulting in multiple delays in the planning process. Most recently, USACE and DOBOR re-initiated the project in 2009, with a focus on using stakeholder input and updated technical information to better define and inform the planning process. Through this effort, the decision to terminate the project was made based on consideration of the high cost associated with the proposed improvements, the regulatory constraints for unavoidable impacts to coral reefs, and community concerns regarding damage to surf sites and natural resources.
DOBOR will continue to assess conditions within Ma'alaea Harbor and may consider future actions as needed.