Kalaupapa Emergency Repairs

Location: Kualapuu, HI

Owner: National Park Service

Completion Date: January 1, 2012

Healy Tibbitts Builders, Inc.’s Critical Repair of Kalaupapa Dock Structures project successfully repaired critical harbor infrastructure that serves as a life line to the Kalaupapa Settlement residents.  This was a fast tracked project for the National Park Service (NPS) to provide critical repairs to existing harbor protective structures and dock facilities that may not have lasted another winter of heavy surf.  Of most concern was the extreme undermined condition of the existing revetment and buttress wall that supports and protects a historic warehouse building.  The project was located at the historic Kalaupapa Settlement National Park, famous for its care of Hansens Disease patients.  This site was extremely remote located on an isolated peninsula on the north shore of Molokai.  Access to the site was very limited and controlled by the NPS.  The few options for traveling to Kalaupapa included a 30 minute charter flight from Honolulu, a 3-mile hike or mule ride down a 2,000 foot vertical hiking trail or an exhausting 40 mile boat ride from Oahu.

This project has been honored by the General Contractors Association with the 2013 Build Hawaii Award of Excellence and the Grand Award as the best 2012 construction project in Hawaii.