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.