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Noxious odors shut down Kapalama satellite city hall


The satellite city hall and drivers licensing office at City Square in Kapalama has been shut down for the day due to noxious odors caused by construction taking place nearby. 

City officials said they have not yet determined whether they will be able to open Friday.

This morning, four satellite city hall employees felt nauseous along with a female customer standing in line this morning, said Dennis Kamimura, the city’s licensing administrator for the Division of Motor Vehicles, Licensing and Permits. Two licensing office employees also felt nauseous.

The Kapalama drivers licensing office is the busiest on Oahu while the satellite city hall is third busiest behind Pearlridge and Ala Moana Center, Kamimura said. The public is being asked to use other satellite city halls and drivers licensing offices in the interim.

Kamimura said the noxious odors are coming from construction between the Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza and the satellite city hall.

This morning’s opening  of the Kapalama satellite city hall office was delayed for about 45 minutes so that odors coming from the facility could be aired out.

The employees and the customers began getting nauseous and the decision was made to shut down both offices around 11:15, Kamimura said.

The two officers employ 40 people. Those who did not go home sick were dispatched to help out at other satellite city halls and drivers licensing offices.

Other satellite city halls are at Ala Moana Center, Fort Street Mall, Hawaii Kai, Kailua, Kapolei, Pearlridge Center, Wahiawa, Waianae, and Windward City Shopping Center. Driver licenses can be renewed at the Fort Street, Hawaii Kai, Pearlridge Mall, and Windward City Satellite City Halls. Alternate driver licensing offices are Wahiawa, 330 N. Cane St.; Waianae, 85-670 Farrington Highway; Kapolei, 1000 Uluohia St.; and Koolau, 47-388 Hui Iwa St. Suite 19. 

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