Crews working to repair broken water main in Kahala

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UPDATE: Water main repairs completed near Waialae Beach Park

The Board of Water Supply is continuing repairs on a water main in Kahala that caused some major flooding Thursday morning.

The 24-inch main broke around 5:30 a.m. near the Waialae Beach Park.

As last check, one lane of Kahala Avenue from Kealaolu Avenue is being contraflowed. Waialae Beach Park is also closed as crews repair the water main.

The break left one of Hawaii’s top hotels high and dry.

Kirsten Price and her daughter Zoe did what had to be done.

“And when we came out to the front desk, they said there has been a burst water main, and so you can’t pass,” Kristen Price said.

“Well, it was kind of annoying because they were saying we couldn’t go through, and so we were wondering what we were going to do. How are we supposed to get to the airport? What if we miss our flight?,” Zoe Price said.

So they dragged their bags down Kahala Avenue to catch a taxi to the airport.

A broken water main left the hotel without water for a few hours and closed down a stretch of Kahala Avenue.

Residents of the Kahala Beach Condominium were also left without water.

“No, I got up and there was no water out of the tap. And figured it was just the condo and then actually we checked in on you guys and found out it was this big water main break,” Kahala Beach Condo resident Paul Lemcke said.

It also meant an off day since Lemcke couldn’t get his car out of the condo.

“My wife is a physician and she has to get to work and see her patients. She ended up taking off her shoes and socks and catching a cab on the other side,” Lemcke said.

Getting out wasn’t the only problem.

“Well, we were driving into work from Mililani. And we heard on the radio that there was a water main break and that Kahala Avenue was closed and we wouldn’t be able to reach the hotel. So, we just parked out in the residential, and then made the, maybe 10 minute walk into the hotel,” Kahala Hotel & Resort employee Kristen Dela Torre said.

The break is on 24-inch main, spilling a lot of water into a nearby canal, leading to the ocean.

The hotel and condo had water service restored within a few hours.

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