New pier blessed at Hilo Harbor

  • Harbors Division Deputy Director Darrell Young gives his remarks Friday at the Port of Hilo. (TIM WRIGHT/Special to the Tribune-Herald)
  • Kahu Danny Akaka Jr. performs a blessing during Friday's ceremony at the Port of Hilo as officials look on. (TIM WRIGHT/Special to the Tribune-Herald)
  • Kahu Danny Akaka Jr. sprinkles salt water during Friday's blessing ceremony at the Port of Hilo. (TIM WRIGHT/Special to the Tribune-Herald)
  • TIM WRIGHT/Special to the Tribune-Herald State Sen. Lorraine Inouye unties the ceremonial maile lei during Friday's Pier 4 blessing ceremony at the Port of Hilo. Assisting are, from left, Jade Butay of the state Department of Transportation, county Managing Director Will Okabe, state Rep. Richard Onishi and DOT deputy director Darrell Young. Looking on are state Rep. Chris Todd, back left, and Young Brothers vice president Roy Catalani.

State officials and other dignitaries marked the opening of a new pier Friday at Hilo Harbor.