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Boulder slams into Kalihi home; Hawaii Kai suffers rockslide

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:43 p.m. HST, Jan 28, 2013

Heavy rains dislodged rocks and boulders in two areas of Oahu — Kalihi Valley and Hawaii Kai — early this morning, but did not cause any injuries or major damages, city officials said.

A home in Kalihi Valley was damaged after two boulders fell down the side of a mountain, at 1551 Nobrega St.

Fire officials said one boulder was 3 feet by 3 feet; while other measured 3 feet by 5 feet.

City Emergency Management Department officials said the Kalihi home abuts a slope that is privately owned.

There also was a minor rock slide at 6492 Hawaii Kai Drive this morning, but no injuries were reported.

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allie wrote:
on January 28,2013 | 11:04AM
Ronin006 wrote:
Yes, yikes, and a double yikes when the city or state announces rock fall abatement projects at taxpayer expense to prevent future rock falls onto homes built at the base of rock-strewn cliffs. People who build or purchase such homes should know the risks and should pay to prevent rock falls onto their property.
on January 28,2013 | 04:02PM
soshaljustic wrote:
Cripes jiminy! The rock abatement on one property should have been completed before the zoning was allowed for development on the abutment property. Landlord the rock originated from is still liable for erosion, loose rock, loosened rock. Perhaps better zoning and land development practices would be in order? Better land surveys and following the requirements, such as necessary digs, surveys, prep-abatement so that it will not have to be done at a later date after damage is incurred by surrounding tenants, indigenous families etc. Hawaii has long had a wink 'n nod response to take the money now and deal with the problems later zoning plan. This is the outcrop of that mentality.
on January 28,2013 | 04:34PM
Bruddah_Shane wrote:
Folks if you been paying attention, the homes being affected by the rock falls were built in relatively old subdivisions that came up in the late 60s & early 70s (Nuuanu, Kalihi Valley, Hawaii Kai). Erosion over the decades the tropical climate led to the rock falls. The city rock abatement program would help but only for the newer subdivisions that's creeping deeper into the valleys or along the new ridglines.
on January 28,2013 | 04:47PM
matsuyama wrote:
Zoning laws are irrelevant. Zoning laws are not designed to assess erosion risks or falling rock risks. They should not be used as such. Do not make the taxpayers liable for homeowner risks, it is not the taxpayer problem.
on January 28,2013 | 05:22PM
Wazdat wrote:
on January 28,2013 | 09:11PM
silvangold wrote:
same single word in almost every comment....
on January 28,2013 | 12:07PM
Was thinking the same thing. Hey Allie, how about "Holy Cow", "Gadzooks", "Well, I'll be monkeys uncle", or the always appropriate, "Look out below". An up-and-coming college graduate needs to expand her vocabulary just a bit>
on January 28,2013 | 03:05PM
cojef wrote:
Can't, cuz she has a145 plus IQ. Beyond her comprehension.
on January 28,2013 | 04:35PM
Aquarius1 wrote:
Her? Try, "it".
on January 28,2013 | 08:17PM
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