Water main break cuts water service to Hale Koa Hotel while HFD investigates gas line rupture

Water main break cuts water service to Hale Koa Hotel while HFD investigates gas line rupture

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - [Update 5/21]

Kalia Road has been reopened after crews made repairs to a water main break and gas line rupture. Water service has been restored to all customers.

[Update 6 a.m.]

Honolulu firefighters are waiting on additional Hawaii Gas crews to arrive on scene at Kalia and Saratoga Roads to repair a ruptured 4- to 6-inch gas line that is leaking synthetic natural gas.

Much of the gas is dissipating into the wind and is not posing a major threat to the public at this time, said fire officials who have been monitoring the air with specialized equipment.

Board of Water Supply crews ruptured the line after it appears it may not have been properly marked, they said.

Fire officials said Hawaii Gas crews may try to make repairs to the line with clamps or expansion plugs without having to completely shut down the line that appears to feed to the major hotels and businesses in the area.

[Original story]

Honolulu firefighters are investigating a gas line rupture during repair work for a water main break on Kalia Road near Saratoga Road in Waikiki.

Board of Water Supply officials say they're looking into whether or not Hawaii Gas officials properly marked the line prior to the repair work beginning around 2 a.m.

The gas line rupture occurred at around 4 a.m. Wednesday following the 12-inch main break at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Firefighters are testing the quality of the air with specialized equipment to determine whether or not there is a hazard to the public at this time. So far, no evacuations have been ordered to the surrounding hotels in the area.

The Hale Koa Hotel has limited water service following a bypass of the affected waterline to the hotel's Ilima tower. The hotel's second tower is still without water at this time.

The U.S. Army Museum is also without water at the moment.

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