The Boat People of the Ala Wai Fear They’re Getting Forced Out

Gentrification is coming to one of the last remaining pockets of affordable housing in Waikiki on the Ala Moana waterfront.

Proposed legislation that would raise slip rental fees could have sweeping effects on the eccentric and eclectic community of boat owners — including those who live aboard their vessels full time — clustered at the Ala Wai Harbor, a decaying 11-acre parcel of docks, slips, vacant land and pockmarked parking lots.

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