The state unveiled Tuesday new upgrades to the Kaunakakai Harbor Ferry Terminal on Molokai.
Passengers using the ferry from Kaunakakai Harbor to Lahaina Harbor now have an upgraded and modernized facility with an expanded passenger waiting area, upgraded restroom facilities, and a larger parking lot that allows for better traffic flow.
“The Kaunakakai Harbor facility is now more comfortable for ferry passengers and also safer due to the installation of a modern fire suppression system,” said Gov. Neil Abercrombie.
Improvements include a new and reliable fire protection system as well as an upgraded sewage system that replaces the need for the former septic tank. To promote safety and efficient operations between ferry passenger operations and the commercial barge operations, a portion of the commercial harbor pier has been rehabilitated to allow for extra space between operations.
The $9.1 million project was funded with 80 percent Federal Transit Administration funds and 20 percent state funds.