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Hawaii Harbors Infrastructure Expansion Program

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The vision of the Hawaii Harbors Infrastructure Expansion Program is to provide modern commercial harbor facilities within the State of Hawaii through a partnership between the federal government and the State of Hawaii, Department of Transportation, Harbors Division.


The mission of the Hawaii Harbors Infrastructure Expansion Program is to stimulate economic development and provide more efficient movement of goods and services through the State of Hawaii through the Maritime Administration’s partnership with the Harbors Division. By modernizing and expanding the existing facilities and equipment, the commercial harbors system will be able to meet expected growth in established trade, encourage natural resource exports, create employment opportunities by attracting new industry and new cargo movement and energize the commercial harbors’ economic engine capabilities.


The Maritime Administration established a partnership in 2005 with the Hawaii DOT, Harbors Division to assist them in developing and modernizing the various commercial harbors within the State. In establishing this program, the agency’s role has been to provide federal oversight and coordination of projects, to act as a central procurement organization, leveraging federal and non-federal funding resources, and streamlining the environmental review and permitting process.

  • The first project under the program has been the Pier 2A Shed Demolition and Yard Improvements at Kawaihae Harbor. This project involves the demolition of the Overseas Terminal Shed which is adjacent to Pier 2A and constructing reinforced paving over the former footprint, allowing that pier to be more efficiently utilized for cargo operations. This project, which was begun in 2008, is approximately $3 million and is expected to be completed in September 2009.
  • The follow-on projects, some of which are outlined in the Hawaii Harbors 2020 Master Plan will be conducted under an overall program management contract which was awarded to TEC, Inc. in July, 2009. The 7-year contract has a maximum value of $400M and encompasses all aspects of project development and execution. Initial projects under this program include the design and construction of an interior passenger terminal inside the existing pier shed at Hilo, design and construction of a covered walkway for passengers at Kauai, and design and construction of interior improvements at the Pier 2 passenger terminal in Oahu.
Updated: Tuesday, October 30, 2018