Damage Assessments for Big Island's western shoreline

KONA (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Department of Land and Natural Resources is on scene Saturday on the Big Island, assessing damage from Thursday's floods.

The DLNR director, William Aila Jr., told us about the Kailua-Kona pier, and Hulihee Summer Palace.

Here's what we found out: The pier has quite a bit of damage, especially to the asphalt on the pier, which buckled upwards. Buildings on the pier had extensive damage, with doors, windows, and interior walls blown out. The external rock wall around the pier sustained additional destruction, plus the waters battered landscaping in the area. Moreover, traffic barriers were swept into the ocean, and the DLNR is working to get those back in their respective places.

Over at Hulihee Summer Palace, floodwaters filled the basement at levels higher than four feet. That caused extensive water damage to artifacts, electrical wires, and flooring; however, there was no water damage to the first floor of the historic landmark.

Palace officials tell us the newly renovated caretaker cottage was swept off its foundation. Plus, Kiope pond's wall suffered damaged.

Water also harm the Kuakini Building, which is also on the premises and houses the gift shop, as well as the palace's seawall.

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