Ala Wai Small Craft Harbor Design Proposal Aims to Include Ocean Lifestyle and Gathering Spaces

The state Department of Lands and Natural Resources sees more public space and community resources in the future development of Ala Wai Small Craft Harbor on Oʻahu.

The University of Hawai’i Center for Community Design and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning have prepared a Concept Vision Report to serve as a guide.

The DLNR Boating and Ocean Recreation Division held public meetings for about five years to develop these plans.

University of Hawaii Community Design Center

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A design option in the Ala Wai Small Craft Harbor Vision Report, June 2022

The redevelopment would provide more accessibility and public space, such as green spaces for community gatherings.

Proposed structures include a visitor centre, market square and boat park. The designs also include surf lockers and personal watercraft storage.

The report takes into account a projected sea level rise of 3 feet.

The project has an estimated cost of $251 million for one option and $356 million for another.

The main difference in cost is a parking garage in the proposed water park.

Ala Wai Small Craft Harbor Vision Report June 2022

University of Hawaii Community Design Center

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A design option in the June 2022 Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor Vision report