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30 rocks removed from Nanakuli Homestead hillside

About 30 rocks were removed from the Nanakuli Homestead hillside behind Mokiawe Street Friday morning after the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands found them to be a threat to about 20 homes below.

About seven of the rocks were so large that a larger helicopter had to be called in to retrieve them after a smaller one struggled to lift them, said Charles Kaaukai, the Mokiawe Street resident who told DHHL officials about the problem at the end of April.

The Hawaii Division of Janod, a rock stabilization and remediation company which won a $65,000 emergency procurement bid to do the work, finished the work by 11:30 a.m. Janod employees had spent all of the previous day prepping for the removals. The rocks were airlifted to a nearby property where they are not a danger to the community, said Pierre Rousseau, Janod Hawaii operations manager.

Kaaukai said he decided to renew his call to get the rocks removed after reading in the Star-Advertiser about rockslide problems in Kalihi and Niu Valley.

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