Study of Hilo Bay breakwater expected to begin in early 2020

The breakwater shields vessels in Hilo bay from the harsher waters of the Pacific Ocean.

The Norwegian Cruise Lines’ ship Pride of America docks at Hilo Harbor, sheltered by the breakwater. (Photos by MICHAEL BRESTOVANSKY/Tribune-Herald)

Hilo resident Toby Manaba-Green fishes off the edge of the breakwater.

HILO — A state and federal study to determine whether the Hilo Bay breakwater should be modified likely will begin early next year.