By Diane Ako
KOHALA, HAWAII (KHNL) -- North Kohala residents hope to fix a broken water source by this summer. They met recently with State Civil Defense officials, who are coordinating the effort, and set a target date of June 11, Kamehameha Day. That date is an important one in the state, especially Kohala, because Kamehameha the Great was born in that town.
Here's a big tool in reaching their goal: this 7,200 pound tractor, dangling from a National Guard Chinook helicopter. It was airlifted through the valley, and into the Honokane nui canyon. This happened in November 2007.
It's a tricky flight. You can see how steep the valley walls are. Guardsmen and local residents are using the tractor to fix a crucial flume, broken in the October 2006 earthquake. The ditch serves 100 Kohala ranchers and farmers.