Waianae residents demand answers for run-down police substation

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The Waianae Police substation is part of the Honolulu Police Department’s District 8, which serves communities from Ewa all the way to Makua.

The substation itself is a humble structure, built with stone walls that’s definitely showing its age.

HPD Chief Louis Kealoha even said so in a story KHON2 did in 2010.

“The station itself, this whole building is about 50 years old,” HPD Chief Kealoha said.

The glass door is cracked with holes in it. Waianae residents can’t help but feel neglected by the city.

“If they can spend money on Kapolei, why don’t they spend money on this side to fix up the property?” Waianae resident Derek Waipa said.

“I think it looks bad. Our HPD officers out there do a real good job, they don’t have time to worry about the door,” Waianae resident J.D. Friswold said.

HPD announced three years ago that the substation will be demolished and replaced by a 26,000-square-foot, two-story building.

HPD said back then that the current building is deteriorating and much of it was beyond repair.

“The benefit is, you know, when you look at this building, it’s so symbolic of how people think about Waianae and I think the community and the people of Waianae, they deserve the best,” Chief Kealoha said.

The projected cost was $16 million and the City Council says the money was put in the budget. And yet, nothing has been done.

“It will do good for the community if they can fix it up. Look at how it is now, it looks kind of rundown,” Waipa said.

A spokeswoman for HPD says the city is still finalizing the arrangement to move the communications equipment.

When the equipment is moved, the demolition and the rebuilding will begin.

No start date has been set.

It will still be at least another two years before the new Waianae substation is built.

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