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McCully pool re-opens, other facilities still in need of repair

Ron Lockwood Ron Lockwood
Ann Kobayashi Ann Kobayashi
Darlene Benjamin Darlene Benjamin
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

After a more than seven-year closure, residents can once again jump in the water at the McCully swimming pool. 

While the facility re-opened Monday afternoon, there are still several other communities around the island that are still looking for a place to take a dip.

It wasn't ideal swimming weather, but the water was inviting enough for residents of a community that's been waiting for nearly a decade.

"In the last year, the answer has been soon, which is not a good answer at all," said Ron Lockwood, chair of the McCully-Moilili neighborhood board. "We went from soon to sooner and now it's, here we are."

The pool was first shut down in 2005 because of cracks and structural damage.  Lockwood has seen the litany of issues the facility has gone through.

"Other structural problems, electrical problems, plumbing problems, termites, asbestos...I think we've gone from A to Z on this project," Lockwood said.

The $3 million dollar repair job at McCully is finally complete, but the city's pool problems sink much deeper.

Of the 21 pools, nearly a third are either closed or in need of repair.

Renovations and a faulty electrical system have kept the Wahiawa pool empty for the past three years.

No one has been in the Pearl City pool since 2011.

The heaters at Palolo and Manoa district pool would be out of commission, if not for a private donation from Abigail Kawananakoa.

Council member Ann Kobayashi is wishing more groups would pitch in with money or solutions.

"I feel that's why we have to design things properly, so we don't spend as much money on maintenance," Kobayashi said. "We should also look at other energy saving methods such as solar heating, photovoltaic, so it would help in our maintenance cost."

If the council signs off, the city will have $18 million to spend on parks and pools. Repairs would be finished by the end of the year.

McCully swimmers would say the cool relief is worth the wait.

"Very exciting," said McCully resident Darlene Benjamin, who was the first one in the water when the pool opened.  "The water is good, very good."

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