Historic Honolulu church wall to be repaired

City bus that crashed into the Kawaiahao Church.
City bus that crashed into the Kawaiahao Church.

HONOLULU (AP) - About four months after a city bus crashed into a historic Honolulu church wall, repairs are set to begin.

On Monday, crews began clearing the rubble that has sat in disarray behind yellow tape since the April crash.

The bus ran through a busy downtown intersection and crashed into the 170-year-old wall at Kawaiahao Church. There were no passengers on board but the bus narrowly missed choral singers headed to a concert.

Church Board of Trustees Chairman William Haole says the work is expected to cost about $70,000 to $100,000.

Haole says the goal is to use as many of the original pieces as possible to retain its history. But he tells the Honolulu Star-Advertiser some people have helped themselves to the stone and concrete pieces.

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