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Officials: Waikiki beaches did not contain wastewater runoff; Warning signs to be removed

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

City officials on Wednesday announced that Waikiki and Ala Moana beaches will reopen immediately following a massive wastewater spill on Monday.

Water tests were conducted, and health officials determined the water was safe to enter and was never impacted by the spill.

The beaches were closed early Monday following constant heavy rain that caused wastewater to overflow from manholes along Ala Moana Blvd. The spill was originally estimated to be 500,000 gallons, but City officials on Wednesday revised the number down to 129,000 gallons.

While Waikiki and Ala Moana beaches are now safe to enter, the same is not true for neighboring areas. Test results indicate that waters within the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor, Kewalo Basin Small Boat Harbor, the canoe launch area adjacent to Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor, the pond and canal along Ala Moana Boulevard, and the western end of Kakaako Park are still impacted by the spill. Warning signs within these areas and along harbor entrances will remain. 

The public is advised to avoid contact with these waters until warning signs are removed. Surfers and boat users are advised that offshore waters may still be impacted, particularly near harbor entrances.

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