Jan 21 through Jan 25 – Water main break causes closure of Kalanianaole
On Saturday, January 21, 2017 at about 4:45 a.m., a 24-inch water main break occurred before the intersection of Kalanianaole Highway and Ainakoa drive: near the end of the H-1 freeway. From approximately 6:00 am, Kalananaole Highway Eastbound (EB) was closed on Saturday. At approximately 11pm, one lane was reopened. The lane remained open throughout Sunday.
On Monday, one lane remained open throughout the day, with a second lane being opened from 3pm through the evening rush hour. On Tuesday, the second lane opened at 2pm and remained open until 9pm. The Department of Transportation also announced that the roads would be fully opened by noon on Wednesday. As it turns out, all lanes were restored by 4:20 am. Previously, it was estimated to remain closed until Thursday.
The removal of a defunct water main at the site of the leak increased delays to the repair. During the period of road closure, all other scheduled roadwork for East Oahu through Waimanalo was postponed.
The closure of Kalanianaole adversely affected businesses for the four days. Costco and other retailers were unusually empty over the weekend, and service-oriented businesses were rescheduling clients for alternate days.
Jan 24 – Hawaii Prep World & the Star-Advertiser feature Kaiser H.S. athlete Andrew Kaufusi :his athleticism and academics. Kaufusi has committed to Azusa Pacific which has offered him a full scholarship. [Hawaii Prep World]
Jan 21 – High winds affect East Oahu. Power outages and structural damage including a roof collapse in Aina Haina were reported. [KITV] [KHON]