POSTED: 5:38 p.m. HST, Sep 18, 2011
LAHAINA, Maui >> Lawmakers and Maui business officials voiced their concerns about Lahaina Harbor in a meeting with state land managers over the weekend, saying the working harbor needs to be dredged to make it safe for vessels navigating Maui waters.
Democratic West Maui Rep. Angus McKelvey says since the March 11 tsunami created a sandbar there, the harbor channel is only 7 feet deep in some places.
The harbor is used by ferries that run between Lahaina, Molokai and Lanai, as well as fishing charter and dinner cruise boats.
A manager for the Lahaina Cruise Co. told state Department of Land and Natural Resources officials the sandbar was dangerous for navigation at a listening session Saturday on Maui.
The Maui News reports that McKelvey is seeking funds to dredge the harbor.