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Rockslide, mudslide, toppled utility pole close Oahu roads

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:32 p.m. HST, Jan 03, 2014

A rockslide, mudslide, toppled utility pole and fallen tree closed three highways and a major roadway late Thursday night and early this morning.

Police closed Kunia Road in both directions between Anonui Drive and Kunia Tunnel around 10:30 p.m. due to a downed utility pole. North-bound lanes were reopened around 8:15 a.m., and the south-bound lanes were reopened just before 9 a.m.

Two north-bound lanes and one south-bound lane of Kalanianaole Highway near Castle Hospital were closed around 10:40 p.m. due to a fallen tree on the road. Crews were able to remove the tree and the highway was reopened around 4 a.m.

Farrington Highway by Makua Caves was closed due to a rockslide around 1 a.m. Crews were able to clear the debris and police reopened all lanes to traffic around 6:40 a.m. However, around the same time, the west- and east-bound center lanes of the highway were closed 9 miles closer to town in Maili at Maipalaoa Road due to a low-hanging utility pole and wires.

The highway reopened at Maipalaoa Road at about 12:30 p.m.

The mauka-bound lanes of Pali Highway at Nuuanu Pali Drive were closed around 1:45 a.m. due to a mudslide. Crews are working to clear the highway.

The storm also damaged the roof of a wooden apartment building at Kapiolani and Hoawa in Moiliili at about 9 p.m.

In the 24-hour period ending at 11 a.m., more than 3.1 inches fell at St. Stephens; nearly 2.7 inches was recorded in Maunawili; and more than 1.3 inches fell at the Honolulu Airport.

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onevoice82 wrote:
It's too early in the morning to comprehend "mauka-bound on the Nuuanu Pali Drive", just say; Kailua bound on the Pali in Nuuanu!
on January 3,2014 | 04:26AM
Bdpapa wrote:
on January 3,2014 | 07:12AM
Skyler wrote:
Seriously - who writes this stuff on Nixle... and who in their right mind would repeat it in an article?
on January 3,2014 | 08:26AM
false wrote:
Interns get no compensation, except "Star-Advertiser Staff".
on January 3,2014 | 11:19AM
false wrote:
Interns compete with each other to land that coveted reporter position at HSA. Need to be as fancy as possible.
on January 3,2014 | 11:19AM
FLIPTOP2 wrote:
Unbelievable there were no storm warnings posting for this weather. Good ole Guy Hagi stated there were no storm warnings isssued since it was a fast moving storm. Say what? Just look at what happened - heavy downpours, trees/poles down, 40mph winds etc. Am thinking weather dudes short handed due to the holiday schedule. Guy needs to stay to surfin'
on January 3,2014 | 04:40AM
Wazdat wrote:
its the National Weather service who issues these warnings not a weather man. He just reads the weather.
on January 3,2014 | 06:41AM
Bdpapa wrote:
It really want that bad.
on January 3,2014 | 07:13AM
CriticalReader wrote:
It really want what that bad?
on January 3,2014 | 07:50AM
You really live up to your name. It was just a matte of missing his "s". I would have thought you might have been more critical in regards to the content of his expression.
on January 3,2014 | 08:33AM
false wrote:
My handicap is 32. What is yours, Mr. President?
on January 3,2014 | 11:20AM
false wrote:
Supposed to be Guy's vacation time. Glenn next time check on Guy.
on January 3,2014 | 11:15AM
Hawaii5OhOh wrote:
On Dec 7, 2003, the 6:00pm new's weathermen (and women) on KHNL, KHON, and KITV all said we were going to have clear night. Only Guy Hagi on KGMB said after looking at a little green blob on the weather radar (about 5 miles off Keehi Lagoon heading west, northwest) that the areas of Moanalua, Halawa, Aiea, and Pearl City better watch out for heavy rains. That little green blob that Guy warned us about turned into a monster, and from 7:00pm to 11:00pm, heavy sheets of rain fell just like the Noah's Ark flood. My neighbor had a rain gauge, and he said between 7:00pm and 9:00pm, the rain fell about 4 inches and hour, and after that, he didn't know, because when he checked his rain gauge at 11:00pm, it was already full at 12 inches. By 8:30pm, the drainage ditch below my house overflowed for the first time in 43 years. The water flowed over the embankment like Niagra falls and flooded 3 neighbors below me. One neighbor had to call the Fire Department, and a huge City vacuum truck came to suck out the mud and flood waters at his house. Also that night, parts of Moanalua Valley, Mapunapuna, and Moanalua Freeway were also flooded. Guy's off-handed comment about that night was spot-on. I doubt that his warning came from the Weather Service, because he was spouting the "clear night" forecast like the rest of the TV stations, but he did a second look before he made his side comment about the "green blob" on the weather radar.
on January 3,2014 | 11:18AM
false wrote:
Why u need the extra Oh for? Hahahaha, oh i c, Hawaii Five-O oh.
on January 3,2014 | 11:21AM
false wrote:
Your comment initially caught my attention only because of your screen name, which goes back to my days of reading (looking at pictures more than reading, though) comic books. In 1968, The Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spiderman, The Avengers, The X-Men, Richie Rich, Sad Sack, etc., all cost only 12 cents each hahahaha. Jay Leno is noted for his assertive monologues on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, weekdays on KHNL following Hawaii News Now. Jay says every once in a while to include as much detail as possible, for his comedic jokes and anecdotes (I dont' like his looking down on his 3 x 5 index card to check on the next question for his guests though), so that people would be able to check on details, and be more inclined to BELIEVE. Also the more details one includes, the more one cannot tell a FIB, because next time the audience may inquire, "hey I thought u said that the other time?". Anyway, I scanned your comment and i noticed 43 years, which means that you are on the latter edge of the Baby Boom Generation, or older. Thanks for all your Memories, and may all the blessings be with you, Mr. Lord.
on January 3,2014 | 12:01PM
false wrote:
Crews, authority, officials, brandish, police, alleged, suspected, all staples of the news industry. Why not just say workers instead of crews (cut), lol. I'm gettng tired of the word crews, reminds me of Tom Cruise.
on January 3,2014 | 11:14AM
W_Williams wrote:
I have to agree with one voice below. I kept trying to figure out what mauka bound means on the Pali Highway. When one travels in either direction-to town or from town to the windward side, one is travelling mauka-toward the uplands. Where the slide was would seem to be makai, as by then one is makai of the tunnel, so why not, as others have noted, say "Kailua bound."
on January 3,2014 | 11:18AM
false wrote:
Mauka means headed toward the mountains, Makai means headed toward the ocean. Therefore, Mauka and/or Makai could be any direction of compass, East, West, North or South and even Northwest and Southeast. Ancient Hawaiians did not invent the compass. As long as one is heading towards the Mountains, it's called Mauka. Similarly, heading Diamond Head means to head towards Diamond Head and heading Ewa means heading towards Ewa. In summary, Mauka and Makai works on all islands, because "These Magnificent Hawaiian Islands" (Kimo, I'm proud of you), were born and bred from Volcanoes. For those not native to Hawaii, of course, a lesson from your friendly neighborhood false (face) lol.
on January 3,2014 | 11:27AM
paniolo wrote:
Replace the downed wooden poles with metal ones. Wind not going knock down metal poles. Easier to replace, too. Just unbolt at base and put new one, bolt um back. Wooden poles, they have to dig out the old one and make bigger hole to put new one in. Look how many wooden poles get knocked down and no more power for hours..
on January 3,2014 | 11:33AM
false wrote:
Ride 'em cowboy !!
on January 3,2014 | 11:43AM
ROBT wrote:
If a major road is closed use it as a title and have separate articles
on January 3,2014 | 01:03PM
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