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New lead police boat to patrol two Oahu harbors

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:34 a.m. HST, Jul 18, 2013

State transportation officials Wednesday dedicated a new lead harbor police patrol boat in Honolulu Harbor. 

The new 27-foot, aluminum-hull vessel was christened Kiaiawa, meaning “harbor guardian” and will patrol both Honolulu Harbor and Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor, according to a state Department of Transportation news release. 

It will replace the Moku Makai, a 21-foot Boston Whaler, which served 15 years as the primary Honolulu Harbor Police vessel.

“Security of our harbors is critical to our island state and the Kia’iawa will give our Harbor Police increased mobility and better tools to protect our ports,” DOT Director Glenn Okimoto said in a statement issued Wednesday.

The new boat cost about $390,000 and was fully funded by a federal grant, according to the DOT release. It will feature upgraded equipment, including better radar, GPS and depth-finding devices, the release stated.

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false wrote:
Does the Mayor know he paid for that? LOL
on July 17,2013 | 03:47PM
sailfish1 wrote:
The article says it was fully funded by a federal grant.
on July 17,2013 | 07:11PM
kailua1980 wrote:
Sorry, can't resist...the new harbor patrol boat is made of lead? It must be HEAVY! How does it float? (yes I know the second paragraph says it is aluminum-hulled) Perhaps it would have been better to state "New primary police boat to patrol Oahu harbors" instead. By the way, almost $400k for this boat? Wow. A new 21' BW should be no more than about $75-$100k, so there must be a BUNCH of great equipment on board. I'd be curious to know exactly what we paid for...
on July 17,2013 | 04:35PM
kailua1980 wrote:
OOPS! Edit the previous comment, the boat is 27' not 21', so the base price of the boat is about $165 to $200k, so I guess another $200k for the necessary equipment is possibly reasonable...
on July 17,2013 | 04:40PM
Uncleart66 wrote:
Just cant stop tossing money into the sea.......How much is this going to hit the property taxes Capt. Kirk?
on July 17,2013 | 04:50PM
Frances wrote:
Can we please have the Moku Makai to patrol Kane`ohe Bay?
on July 17,2013 | 05:56PM
peanutgallery wrote:
$390K? Are you kidding me?
on July 18,2013 | 03:46AM
harley1 wrote:
owned and operated by the same bunch that brought us "da boat"
on July 18,2013 | 05:14AM
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