Haleiwa fish pond to reopen after restaurant sewage spill

Activities will continue as planned for thousands of students on the North Shore this summer.

A Haleiwa fish pond will reopen after sewage leaked from a neighboring restaurant’s wastewater system.

Last week, Malama Loko Ea Foundation suspended all activities at the pond due to health concerns.

The pond is owned by Kamehameha Schools and frequently used by children for education purposes.

According to executive director Rae DeCoito:

“Malama Loko Ea Foundation has serious concerns about the restaurant reopening and of DOH’s promise of continuous enforcement of limiting the number of patrons. But more importantly, we would like to let the community know about the actual results of the Department of Health dye test which found evidence of dye in a puddle off the restaurant’s septic wastewater system and nowhere else at Loko Ea. Based on these results, Malama Loko Ea Foundation plans to reopen the fishponds to the public again as early as next week.”

Health officials say renovations to Haleiwa Beach House allowed the restaurant to expand its seating capacity, which overloaded its wastewater system.

The restaurant reopened Monday after agreeing to reduce its seating.

The Hawaii Department of Health says it will conduct regular checks to ensure the restaurant complies with the rules.

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