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Broken plumbing cuts water to Kakaako park, family shelter

A broken piece of plumbing has shut off water to Kakaako Waterfront Park’s showers, bathrooms and water faucets, along with the state’s new Family Assessment Center homeless shelter, and repairs won’t be made until a replacement part can be flown in Friday, according to the Hawaii Community Development Authority which oversees the park.

Garrett Kamemoto, HCDA spokesman, did not know exactly what part broke to the park’s back flow preventer on Monday. But Kamemoto hoped that repairs can be made Friday and water service can be restored.

“The part is not on island,” Kamemoto said. “We need to bring the part in, which we’re doing as expeditiously as possible. We do thank everybody for their patience. And we’re sorry about the inconvenience that this is causing.”

Clients at the state’s new Family Assessment Center — between Waterfront Park and the University of Hawaii Cancer Center — were invited to use water at the nearby Next Step Shelter operated by Waikiki Health.

“The problem is isolated to the park and the family assessment center is part of that,” Kamemoto said.

The Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center and the UH Medical School and Cancer Center operate on a different back flow preventer and are not affected, Kamemoto said.

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  • I’ve had issues waiting for back flow preventer parts also. (In the schools, it was usually someone stealing it for the brass and we eventually had to build cages around some of them.) I never understood why we did just standardize on a few sizes and stock replacements. Being a relatively small State, we could use economies of scale with pieces like this. Oh well, I guess that’s why I’m not the Governor.

  • Same story that drives me nuts. Have to fly in a “special part”??? Really, this is a basic plumbing part. Recently the UH dorms a/c wasn’t being repaired because they had to wait for a “special” part not available on Oahu. Are you telling me with all the a/c in office buildings, hotels and hospitals, that a part couldn’t be found on island? Several years ago the state bought a pot hole repair machine and it was never used. It needed some sort of “special” oil not available on island. really, we couldn’t buy a machine that used standard fluids? As a taxpayer quit writing these contracts with such detailed specs that limit the parts or servicing options.

    • No we have to send a 10-member delegation to the Mainland. My condo has miscellaneous parts only available in Canada and the Mainland. And boy are they expensive.

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