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Sewage Spill Makes Its Way to Waikiki Beaches

View from Chopper 8 shows nearly vacant Ala Moana Beach Park. View from Chopper 8 shows nearly vacant Ala Moana Beach Park.
Man enters water in Waikiki and is later cautioned by lifeguards. Man enters water in Waikiki and is later cautioned by lifeguards.
Sewage warning sign greets visitor to Waikiki. Sewage warning sign greets visitor to Waikiki.
Kids playing in sand and water near the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Kids playing in sand and water near the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

WAIKIKI (KHNL) - The pumps that were used to divert the untreated wastewater were shut down Wednesday afternoon. The 42-inch ruptured sewer line is now back in service. But the damage has already been done.

The raw sewage spill is also taking a toll on our island's tourism economy. Posted warning signs didn't stop folks from going to the beach.

"I wish I would have known, because I don't like that stuff. I would not have let them go in there," says Johanne Rosene, who's visiting from Chicago with her family.

The signs were posted after the Rosenes went for a swim.

"Were going to need a nice shower and hopefully she'll be fine," said Rosene.

The city took water samples from Diamond Head to Magic Island 9:30am. High levels of bacteria were found at Fort Derussy and a number of surf spots around Magic Island.

"This is where the sewage is coming from. Millions of gallons of raw sewage dumped into the Ala Wai Canal while crews repair a 42-inch sewer line that ruptured friday night."

The Ala Wai canal has taken in more than 10-million gallons of sewage, which spilled into Ala Wai Yacht Harbor and Magic Island.

Meanwhile, lifeguards and two City Environmental Services workers patrolled beaches, advising people to stay out of the water.

"The water is contaminated and the possibility of getting infected or possibly getting sick. So we're really trying to keep people out of the water."

This is the first time the city has shutdown a beach in Waikiki since the 1970's. Visitors who are still hoping for a perfect hawaiian vacation remain optimistic. Crews now have to wait for the concrete jacket around the sewer line to cure.

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