|Minor light of Hawai'i - Coconut Point, HI|
Description: The first beacon at Coconut Point was built by the Hawaiian government on the southwest shore of Hilo Bay and was tied to the city's electric lines. In 1904, when the Lighthouse Board assumed control of the navigational aids in Hawaii, a new lens lantern was installed at Coconut Point. The Board reported, "The present small fixed red lens lantern light, located on the old and dilapidated government wharf at the foot of Waianuenue Street, is entirely inadequate for the requirement of the growing trade of Hilo," and recommended that a new structure be built, as Hilo was deemed the second port of importance in the islands.
John Fitzgerald served as keeper of the light from 1904 to 1910, when Ferdinand Mosher, the harbor master, assumed responsibility for the light. The pay in 1910 for keeping the light was $25 per month.
The original tower was replaced by a concrete one in 1915, and the present thirty-four-foot pyramidal tower was erected in 1975. The signature of the Coconut Point Light is flashing green.
Head Keepers: John Fitzgeral (1904 – 1910), Ferdinand Mosher (1910 – 1917).
Located along the shoreline of Hilo Bay at the Intersection of Highway 19 and Waianuenue Avenue in Hilo. The lighthouse is owned by the Coast Guard. Grounds open, tower closed.
The lighthouse is owned by the Coast Guard. Grounds open, tower closed.
Pictures on this page copyright Kraig Anderson, used by permission.