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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, June 25, 2009

Waimea Landing gets new sign, thanks to Waimea High woodshop kids

Advertiser Staff

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Some of the students who created the new sign include, left to right, Joanna Borja, Nanea Nobrega, Kalani Grace, Davis Callahan, Ioane Toyofuku, Ariel Tumaneng, and Paul Correa. Teacher Bill DeCosta is sitting.

Photo courtesy of DLNR

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There’s a brand new sign at the entrance to Waimea Landing State Recreation Pier, thanks to the hard work of more than 80 woodshop class students from Waimea High School, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources said.

The new sign is about 9 feet long and 3 feet high.
“We’re proud of and thankful to the Waimea High students and their teacher, Billy DeCosta, for approaching the Department of Land and Natural Resources State Parks Division with the idea for this community project,” state parks program manager Steve Thompson said. “The sign looks great and it’s done so well it will last a long time.”
In addition to supervising the students creating the sign, DeCosta obtained donations of wood for the sign from Bill Cowen and Dean Meyer, and paint and stain from Puhi Paint, Arroyo’s Plumbing and Grove Farm, Inc. The design and logo were created by graphic design students of Waimea teacher John Altomare. A comparable sign would cost more than $2,500.
Waimea Landing State Recreation Pier is located in Waimea town, on Laau Road off Pokole Road or Moana Road from Kaumualii Highway.
During the 19th century the original wharf was used by whaling ships and to export raw sugar, cattle, goats, oranges, taro, sweet potatoes, yams and rice.
A railroad brought rice and sugar from west side plantations to the wharf for shipment. It also served local fishing boats.
Today it is popular for ocean pier fishing (some restrictions apply), crabbing and picnicking. It is open daily during daylight hours. There are restrooms, picnic areas, trash cans and drinking water.