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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

2012 Most Endangered Site, Hanalei Pier Canopy in Kauai, has been Rebuilt



Hanalei Pier Canopy, listed as one of Historic Hawaii Foundation & Honolulu Magazine’s 2012's Most Endangered Historic Sites, has been rebuilt. Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay & the generous support of the Kaua‘i & outer island communities.  

Watch the construction as it unfolded on this unique video that threads together live webcam photos on successive days of the rebuild.  Click here to watch video. (Mahalo for piecing together the webcam photos & creating this video, Steve Kuhn, and for sharing it with HHF.)   

 
“The pier is part of our heritage and a symbol of Hanalei, states the Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay website. Originally constructed of wood, the Hanalei Pier has been in existence since 1892. In the early 20th century, the pier was a major hub for the transportation of rice, sugar and various goods between the other Hawaiian Islands and the rest of the world via the Pacific Ocean. 

It became a recreational resource in the last 80 years when shipping halted. It has been the site of several major motion pictures including ‘South Pacific’ in 1979, and more recently, ‘The Descendants.’ 

In 1979, the Hanalei Pier became a National Historic Landmark, states a letter from Governor Neil Abercrombie. ‘The ‘Save the Pier’ project is a collaboration involving the community, the State of Hawai‘i, and the County of Kaua‘i to preserve both a historic and community landmark,’ Abercrombie stated in his letter commending the start of the canopy repair project. ‘ 

In 2010, the deteriorated condition of the Hanalei Pier had become a safety issue and was in drastic need of being demolished, or repaired, with the cost of repairs a major concern.’ This prompted the Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay into action. Members worked with the state’s Department of Land and Natural Resources on reconstruction plans while raising money to restore what has become a symbol of Hanalei Bay. 

The last major reconstruction prior to the Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay project was in 1991 when the concrete pilings, pier and the wooden roof was undertaken by the State of Hawai‘i.”  (Excerpted from Dennis Fujimoto’s article in The Garden Island, May 21, 2013)



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