Crew working to remove abandoned boat

  • A crew is working to remove a derelict boat that’s been sitting on the makai side of Queen Kaahumanu Highway, south of Kua Bay, for more than a month. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

NORTH KONA — A crew is working to remove a derelict boat that’s been sitting on the makai side of Queen Kaahumanu Highway, south of Kua Bay, for more than a month.

Diamond Auto Workz is currently at the scene. No road closures are in effect.

The state Department of Transportation confirmed to West Hawaii Today earlier this week that the vessel, which was within the DOT right-of-way, would be removed today.

The boat, which has no identifying marks or names on it, was dumped without a trailer in early November on the makai side of the highway, just south of the entrances to Kua Bay and the West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery in North Kona. It’s sat there since, becoming a canvas for graffiti and an apparent dumping ground.

Police Maj. Robert Wagner said the boat’s owner is unknown because all identification was removed. He noted that officers made an abandoned vehicle report in November and forwarded it to the county Department of Environmental Management.

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  1. Billy Batts December 21, 2018 6:02 am

    This should be no less then a Class C Felony. Oh, I forgot. I live in liberal land.


  2. Michael December 21, 2018 10:32 am

    When they charge $680 to take such items off residents hands illegal dumping becomes a problem. It costs a lot more to take care of the dumped ones after the fact than if you simply allowed people to drop them off somewhere legitimately in the first place. We spend so much money on b.s. instead of actually giving services that the residents need …. like somewhere to drop of this sort of junk so it does not get dumped on the aina. If we need more funding to deal with it, put a tax on new vehicles and on vehicles shipped into state. Would I really care if my 40K new truck costs a couple hundred more or my shipped over mainland vehicle costs 50 bucks more? no, not really and its a tax on people that can afford it at least … This problem is completely caused by govt policies.


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