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Sewage Spill Spoils Waters off Maunalua Bay

Kathy Takahashi Kathy Takahashi
Dave Astin Dave Astin
Geoff Graf Geoff Graf
Crews work to repair sewage spill on Lunalilo Home Road Crews work to repair sewage spill on Lunalilo Home Road

Aug 15, 2006 11:57 AM

HAWAII KAI, Oahu (KHNL) - Jet-skiers race around Maunalua Bay. It may seem busy, but Kathy Takahashi says this is normal. She's a general manager at Sea Breeze Hawaii.

"Today we'll do over a 100 jet-skiers we do that many parasailers," said Takahashi.

Because she deals with so many people, she was on the alert after Sunday's sewage spill .

"I was concerned I was really concerned because the tourists depend on us to provide a safe experience," Takahashi said.

Crews continue to work on the broken sewage line after a car ran into it early sunday morning.Around 2500 gallons of untreated sewage was diverted to Kuapa Pond.

Takahashi was on the phone with the health officials Monday morning.

"Although they had some precautionary issues it was a major concern for this area," said Takahashi.

Health officials say the spill happened in an area where past spills tended to stay pretty confined, but they are asking people to take precautions.

Takahashi says she encouraged customers to rinse off. And points out all activities are not done in the marina, but in Maunalua Bay.

News of the spill didn't stop tourists like David Astin from going in.

"I felt it was big enough, cause a problem they would shut down marina," said Astin, a tourist from Salt Lake City, Utah.

And the spill didn't stop residents either. Geoff Graf paddled out from the bay.

"It was a real small spill. There doesn't seem to be an issue with it. I don't see a problem with it but you are aware of it," said Graf, a Hawaii Kai resident.

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