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Raw sewage from McCully Shopping Center might have reached Ala Wai Canal

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:39 a.m. HST, Aug 25, 2013

Up to 5,000 gallons of sewage overflowed from two clean-out pipes at the McCully Shopping Center Saturday.

A private contractor cleared the blockage that caused the overflows but Department of Health officials say some of the sewage might have reached the Ala Wai Canal.

DOH has posted warning signs in the area and is advising the public to stay out of the canal from Ala Wai Elementary to the Ala Moana Bridge.

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tutulois wrote:
Ah, our wonderful infrastructure. Sometimes I wonder if I'm living in a third-world country...
on August 24,2013 | 07:08PM
rockyhawaii wrote:
There we go tossing around "third world" again. Seems that happens to us rich spoiled kids of the world every time we start to feel sorry for ourselves when our first world conveniences don't always work as they are supposed to. In the real Third World, there are often no sewers or clean-out pipes to get clogged in the first place. People basically defecate anytime, anywhere they need to. Often in bodies of water that make the Ala Wai look pristine by comparison. So let's not insult those who have to deal with the daily miseries of a true Third World existence by comparing our little inconveniences to their lives. Let us be thankful for what we have. If you wonder why Americans are often so reviled by the rest of the world, just think of what your reaction would be to hearing a poor little rich girl crying "boo hoo hoo, my toilet overflowed all over my travertine bathroom floor and ruined my brand new Versace bathroom rug...how awful, I may just as well be living in some ugly shack like all of those poor people out there..."
on August 24,2013 | 08:59PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Your paragraph has more words than the report above.
on August 25,2013 | 04:14AM
miss_laulau wrote:
People living in "third world countries" would rather be called " developing" nations" and who in their right mind would go into the Ala Wai.
on August 25,2013 | 06:12AM
mikethenovice wrote:
people didn't go to the Ala Wai. The Ala Wai came to them.
on August 25,2013 | 06:47AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Shh! rockyhawaii stay writing a movie. No bother him. He stay thinking out loud, HonoluluHawaii.
on August 25,2013 | 06:46AM
RichardCory wrote:
You do know that it's easier to just type the word "is" rather than the "stay," right? Not only is it easier to type two letters rather than four, but it would actually be grammatically correct to do so. Take a look. It's in a book. A Reading Rainbow!
on August 25,2013 | 07:40AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Richard, he stay no get it.
on August 25,2013 | 09:14AM
mikethenovice wrote:
That's funny.
on August 25,2013 | 05:25PM
mikethenovice wrote:
I did that on purpose, you transplant. It's called Pigin English. Learn the culture if you want to be in Hawaii.
on August 25,2013 | 05:25PM
Solfan wrote:
More than the entire newspaper.
on August 25,2013 | 03:29PM
allie wrote:
We often hear that Waikiki is a dump but now we can say it took a dump.
on August 25,2013 | 08:43AM
allie wrote:
call mufi..
on August 25,2013 | 08:42AM
paniolo wrote:
News report said problem originated in the shopping center's restrooms, but it was not shut down. People were still allowed to use the restrooms while the contractor was outside clearing the blockage. Nobody from shopping center management did anything.
on August 24,2013 | 07:16PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Go to go, Mother Nature calling. The mall should have put a cat litter box for us at least.
on August 25,2013 | 06:48AM
jasurace wrote:
That's the part I don't understand. Where would "thousands" of gallons of sewage even be sitting in the system to spill out? It's not like they would have storage tanks on-site. That would have to back up all the way from pretty close to the main.
on August 25,2013 | 08:05AM
sailfish1 wrote:
Even without the sewage spill, people should NOT go into the Ala Wai canal.
on August 24,2013 | 10:59PM
Rapanui00 wrote:
The Ala Wai is nothing more then a man made sewage treatment plant - it always boggles my mind to see paddlers in there! Remember the guy who fell in the Ala Wai in 2006 and died?
on August 25,2013 | 07:37AM
cojef wrote:
Yes, that was tragic. Probably a drunk who last his footing. Also many streams are polluted, remember reading about a returning college freshman swimming in a creek on Kauai and upon making it all the way back to the East coast died from flu-like symptoms, lysteria, I believe.
on August 25,2013 | 08:29AM
cojef wrote:
Correction: There is no Lyteria, should be Listeria.
on August 25,2013 | 03:04PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
"Raw sewage from McCully Shopping Center might have reached Ala Wai Canal"

... And could only IMPROVE the quality of the water there.

on August 25,2013 | 02:41AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Does anyone to swimming or fishing in the Ala Wai Canal?
on August 25,2013 | 04:02AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
go not to lol. Who the heck invented the typewriter omg lol.
on August 25,2013 | 04:13AM
mikethenovice wrote:
You can be the first one, HonoluluHawaii. The SA is looking for breaking news besides nuts in a moped accident.
on August 25,2013 | 06:49AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Correct me if I am wrong but doesn't Genki Sushi serve an ugly, thin, deformed, fried fish from there?
on August 25,2013 | 07:30AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
They need to check the sewer lines and if foul odors arise then, really check it out. 5000 gallons is too much before the leak was discovered.
on August 25,2013 | 04:01AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Just use your nose. It will never fail you.
on August 25,2013 | 06:50AM
soundofreason wrote:
And THESE are the same wise officials that are steering rail?
on August 25,2013 | 06:57AM
Mike174 wrote:
There is no excuse acceptable to justify this. Shut down the entire center until it's fixed! That should encourage a proper repair.
on August 25,2013 | 06:30AM
ColinKona wrote:
This is just another problem with the Raw Food Movement! What's next? "Occupy Ala Wai", eh? (Sorry, couldn't resist).
on August 25,2013 | 06:43AM
mikethenovice wrote:
I thought I saw some floating peanuts passing by. Forgot to chew them, huh?
on August 25,2013 | 06:44AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Corn Eye Tilapia.
on August 25,2013 | 10:39AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
How did they tell?
on August 25,2013 | 07:25AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Big deal - this is nothing compared to Mufi's millions of gallons that was released into the Ala Wai...
on August 25,2013 | 07:29AM
hanalei395 wrote:
The Ala Wai Canal, built to "dry-up" Waikiki and to destroy the kalo lo`i and fishponds, ... now comes in handy to dump s##t.
on August 25,2013 | 09:41AM
RandolphW wrote:
Sewage spills will continue unabated as the additional real estate development continues, along with all the associated expenses of dealing with obsolete components and pipes. Sewage problems are part and parcel of our way of life, and no realistic solutions are in sight or within our range of smell. At least the shopping malls sell all types of perfumes and colognes we can purchase to enable us to smell good, and overpower the sewer systems. Humans will find ways to prevail.
on August 25,2013 | 08:56AM
Solfan wrote:
Are there any Taco Bells in that shopping center?
on August 25,2013 | 03:42PM
mikethenovice wrote:
I might go back to Taco Hut now that the stupid TV ad where Chef Garcia is waving a kitchen knife at the workers. How rude!
on August 25,2013 | 05:27PM
nitpikker wrote:
LOL!!! its no wonder mainlanders consider us a 3rd world country!!
on August 25,2013 | 06:05PM
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