Hundreds of Honolulu property owners notified of rockfall hazards

Hundreds of Honolulu property owners notified of rockfall hazards

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By Jade Storms

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell unveiled a 87 page report Thursday outlining potential rockfall hazards bordering city property around Oahu.

The city just completed their most recent rockfall hazard mitigation project on Sierra Drive in Wilhelmina Rise, which was planned and completed as a result of the data in the report.

The report also prompted a rockfall mitigation project in Pupukea, and the city is currently in the design phase of planned rockfall projects in Pacific Heights and a second phase in Pupukea.

"We live on an island that's been carved by erosion and squeezed tightly between the mountains and oceans, so there's rock fall hazards everywhere," Caldwell said. "So this is about giving people information and empowering the public so they can take corrective action."

In addition, more than a thousand letters were mailed out to property owners whose land is at a high risk for falling rocks. Caldwell says the city is not forcing private owners to fix the problem, just making a recommendation.

"What we're doing is telling those owners that you have a potential hazard on your property," Caldwell said. "And that you're going to want to sit down with your engineer and your lawyer to determine what kind of action you need to take to make sure something bad doesn't happen on your property."

Caldwell also wanted to note the study only looked at rock fall hazards abutting city property and is not a detailed look across the entire island.

"Falling rocks will always be a serious danger in Hawaii," Caldwell said. "I felt that releasing this report to the public and directly contacting the owners of the properties identified as having a potential rockfall hazard was the right thing to do."

For more information, an electronic copy of the report is available at and hard copies are available at the city's Municipal Reference and Records Center.

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