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Hanapepe Bay, which is the approach to Port Allen, lies about 8 1/2 miles west of Makahuena Point. The bay is about half a mile wide and deep. A long breakwater on the eastern side protects the facilities of Port Allen. A light is shown at the end of the breakwater. There is also a light on Puolo Point on the west side of Hanapepe Bay. An air strip lies behind the point. Port Allen consists of a wharf with a green warehouse with several tanks and warehouses behind. To the north of the wharf the small craft harbor is enclosed by breakwaters, with the entrance on the south side. Concrete docks and pilings are arranged inside the harbor for small craft, and docks for unloading are along the shore. Restrooms and a harbor office are behind. Some surge enters the harbor, especially during kona storms.

If no berths are available vessels can anchor with a stern line ashore between the small craft breakwater and the end of the state wharf. The north side of the breakwater cannot be similarly used because it shoals. The western side of Hanapepe Bay is open to the sea and swell and surge is strongly felt.

It is about 1/2 mile along the warehouse road to a small shopping center at the junction with Highway 50, and about a mile further into the town of Hanapepe (a small farming center). A wind generator can be seen in the structures north of the harbor.

About 3 miles east of Hanapepe Bay lies the small but excellent harbor of Wahiawa Bay. This is a good anchorage if the weather is calm. Although it is further from the town it is useful when the main bay is filled. As it is open to the south it can suffer from swell and surge. The McBryde sugar mill and its stack are very prominent on the gentle slopes above Wahiawa Bay to the east of Port Allen.

Waimea Bay is about 5 miles northwest of Hanapepe Bay. It is an open bight and lines of surf breaking ashore start well out. A pier extends outwards but the swell makes it difficult to use as a landing. However, though a rough anchorage could be taken here, it is usuallly better in Hoanuanu Bay, about one mile east. It has depths of 2 - 3 fathoms, sand bottom, and offers some shelter from the wind if not from the sea. Pass well outside the buoy at Poo Point on the northwest side of the bay for the reef extends far out, and breaking seas occur even in calm weather.

Kikiaola Boat harbor, with breakwaters, lies about 2 miles west of Waimea Bay. This is not a useable harbor as it is shoal and the approach is open to following seas.

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