City officials have come up with a temporary plan to deal with a damaged road in Kahaluu. A large chunk of Mapele Road crumbled more than a week ago.
The city suspended trash pickup for the 35 affected homes with up to 100 residents. A dumpster will be set up in the next few days at Kahaluu Regional Park. Residents will be given a key or the combination to the lock. Their pickup days will remain the same. All trash that would normally go into a gray, blue, or green bin may be placed in the dumpster. City officials are still working on a plan for bulky items.
"We're just asking them to be a little patient. This is a private road. It's not a city road. It's part of our disputed roads that we have huge issues with around this island and around this entire state of Hawaii," said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.
A city ambulance drove up and down Mapele Road on Monday to make sure that access wasn't limited. Honolulu Fire Department trucks will be able to reach the neighborhood by driving through private property.
City officials said the damage appears to be the result of erosion from an adjacent stream which is also privately owned.