Mysterious hole in Kaimuki leaves many unanswered questions

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A gaping hole in Kaimuki has been fixed… at least for now. But city crews still need to find a permanent solution for the six-feet-deep hole on St. Louis Drive.

The city doesn’t know what created the hole or how to fix it, but they do know there will be lane closures as they look for answers.

Kaimuki resident Nico Knowles watched patiently as city workers fix a portion of St. Louis Drive.

“At least some entertainment while I wait for the bus,” Knowles said.

It’s not a typical fix because it’s not a typical problem.

“Yesterday, I rode by and saw a big deep hole in the ground,” Knowles said.

The hole is about two feet wide and more than six feet deep, according to measurements taken by the city.

“I just saw it and I was like, ‘What?’ That’s crazy, that’s pretty unsafe,” said Dakoda Seaback, employee at The Fat Greek.

City crews were first called to the scene Thursday night. Before they arrived, an upside-down trash bin covered it. When they arrived, workers tried to fill the hole with soil, but stopped and placed a board over it.

On Friday morning, the city returned, looking under the nearby bridge and found out the hole did not go through the bridge.

As a temporary fix, the workers used various materials to fill the hole and placed a steel plate over it.

At least one nearby business said the road work helped their bottom line.

“Usually the mornings are pretty slow, but since there’s a traffic jam people keep coming in because they’re slowing down and they get to take a peek at the restaurant,” Seaback said.

The Department of Facility Maintenance believes the soil and other materials below the road may have been washed away by rain or somehow passed through a drain line or into the nearby drainage channel. But there’s no word as to what actually created the hole.

“We could just smell sewage and stuff here,” passerby Serena Burden said.

Workers will be back to inspect and survey the area to try to figure out what created the hole and how to permanently fix it.

The city says traffic will be disrupted as they continue to survey the area. They may also need to shut down multiple lanes of St. Louis Drive when they repair it.

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