NAWILIWILI — While visitors were walking back and forth from the Pride of America Cruise Ship on Thursday afternoon, workers with Kauai-based Pacific Concrete Cutting &Coring Inc. were making a ruckus.
Loud sounds of scraping metal reverberated off the landscape of Nawiliwili Harbor as they used heavy machinery to demolish the first of two fuel tanks that are out of commission.
It’s a Hawaii Department of Transportation Harbors Division project that includes cleaning and removing both fuel tanks.
“These tanks formerly belonged to Lihue Plantation and were not being used,” said Shelly Kunishige, DOT spokeswoman.
While the fuel tanks have been out of use, they’ve been a fixture on the island for years.
“They’ve been there for as long as I can remember,” said onlooker Patrick Barton, who wandered down from Harbor Mall to check out the action.
Workers on site confirmed what Barton said — those tanks can be seen in historic photos of Nawiliwili Harbor and have been there for as long as they could remember.
One of the staff members at PCCC, who declined to give his name, said the tanks haven’t been in use because of the new tanks that were installed next door. He also said the project has been in the works for a while.
“They finally got the plans and funding together to demolish,” he said Thursday.
The tanks were emptied and cleared of any fumes, and work started Wednesday. PCCC said they’ll start demolishing the second tank early this week.
Jessica Else, staff writer, can be reached at 245-0452 or firstname.lastname@example.org.