Kailua fountain restored to former glory at fraction of estimated cost

Life has been restored to a Windward Oahu landmark.

The fountain at Kailua’s Pohakupu Mini Park is back on for good.

We told you back in September that the fountain had been broken for more than two years. The cost to fix it was estimated at $425,000.

Tonight, the fountain once again welcomes guests and residents into the community, after repairs turned out to cost taxpayers only a fraction of the initial estimate.

There was no demolition, and no major reconstruction.

“We don’t need to build a new one. Just like us in our own homes. We fix things,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

Caldwell said that initial $425,000 estimate thrown out in September was based on a total rebuild before engineers even inspected the fountain.

Both KHON2 and Honolulu City Councilman Ikaika Anderson questioned the price, as well as the need to demolish the landmark.

The mayor listened, and asked for a complete and thorough inspection which determined the fountain was structurally sound.

It was then repaired at a cost of just $4,000.

“Usually Howard, what happens is government projects this figure and it ends up this much higher. In this case, we get a figure a up here and it winds up way way lower,” Caldwell said.

“What this amounts to is looking how we can accomplish something and not accepting no can, but looking at how can,” said Anderson.

“It makes me feel fabulous and I also want to say that if it wasn’t for you bringing up the situation and getting it to the attention of the mayor’s office, this would not have been done certainly not in this type of a timely matter,” said Diane Harding with the Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle.

Now that it’s back up and running, the city and the Outdoor Circle say they hope the community can work together to keep the fountain, and all public parks, in top shape.

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