POHOIKI BAY, Hawaii — Engineers in Hawaii have recommended building a new boat ramp at a site blocked by last year’s Kilauea volcano eruption.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday that a new ramp at Isaac Hale Beach Park is a less costly alternative than excavating a new channel at Pohoiki Bay.
While the eruption spared the ramp on the Big Island, lava flows blocked it with what is now a black-sand beach that is 200 feet (61 metres) wide.
Sea Engineering Inc. produced a report for the state Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation saying that reopening the ramp would require excavating a channel maintained by jetties through the beach.
While the area, also known as Pohoiki Beach Park, reopened to the public in early December after a six-month closure, the ramp remains landlocked.
Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com
The Associated Press