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Ala Wai Flood Control Project under fire

  • Video by Jamm Aquino

    According to the final environmental impact statement for the Ala Wai Flood Control Project, the recommended plan would reduce flood risks by improving the flood warning system; and constructing six in-stream debris and detention basins in the upper reaches of Makiki, Manoa and Palolo streams; one stand-alone debris catchment feature; three multipurpose detention areas in open spaces through the developed watershed; and concrete floodwalls averaging 4 feet high along one or both sides of approximately 1.9 miles of the Ala Wai Canal (including two pump stations).


    “We’re right in the path. I could lose my home and no one told us. How are we supposed to contest something that we didn’t know about?”

    Sean Scanlan

    Palolo Valley resident, above, whose home fronts Pukele stream. He is part of a growing hui of residents who hope to slow the Ala Wai project.


    Palolo residents David Youtz, left, and Steve Holmes looked over a map of their area Sunday during an informal gathering to address the Pukele detention basin project in Palolo Valley. Residents who live on Ipulei Place are affected by the planned basin, which is part of the Ala Wai Canal flood mitigation project.

Sean Scanlan and his brother Cavan are raising their families in a quiet country home fronting the Pukele stream on a Palolo street with views of Diamond Head and the Pacific Ocean. Read more

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