Punalu’u water main break closes portion of Kamehameha Highway

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Punaluu water main break is still causing traffic congestion. Courtesy Aaron Kia.

Dec. 24, 12 p.m.: Board of Water Supply crews are sealing the pipe. There is still only one lane open and it’s being contraflowed.

There are arrangements for alternate water supply but it is still low water pressure and some residents may not have water. Residents are being asked to conserve water.


Dec. 24, 3:30 a.m.: BWS crews working to repair the 30″ transmission line on Kamehameha Hwy. at Haleaha Rd. in Punaluu will be unable to open the Kaneohe-bound lane for traffic easement during this morning’s rush hour.

Work on the repair has reached a critical juncture and cannot be suspended at this time.

Motorists in both directions should expect delays when approaching the work site, as contra-flow traffic control will be in effect through the single open lane.

Affected residents are asked to conserve water, using only what is necessary for cooking, cleaning, and personal hygiene.


9 a.m. update: Board of Water Supply crews have once again closed the Kaneohe-bound lane of Kamehameha Highway by Haleaha Road in Punaluu as repairs to a 30-inch transmission main continues. The Kahuku-bound lane is being contra-flowed. Motorists are advised to expect delays and use alternate routes where possible. 

Crews are in the process of refilling area reservoirs so water service can be restored to affected customers from Punaluu to Kaaawa. Customers that have regained service may experience lower than normal water pressures. To help speed up the process and allow the system to recover, customers in the affected area are asked to continue to use water sparingly throughout the day for essential needs only: cooking, cleaning, and hygiene.


Update: Kamehameha Hwy by Haleaha Rd to re-open for morning commute, Punaluu to Kaaawa customers please use water for essential needs only.

Board of Water Supply crews will be re-opening all lanes of Kamehameha Highway by Haleaha Road in Punaluu at approximately 5:00 a.m. to accommodate the morning commute. The Kaneohe-bound lane of Kamehameha Highway near Haleaha Road will be closed again later in the day as repairs to a 30-inch transmission main progresses.

Crews are in the process of refilling area reservoirs so water service can be restored to affected customers from Punaluu to Kaaawa. Customers that have regained service may experience lower than normal water pressures


HONOLULU(KHON2) — Board of Water Supply crews are continuing their efforts to repair a 30-inch transmission main break on Kamehameha Highway near Haleaha Road in Punaluu. Repairs to the main are expected to continue through tomorrow.

Crews are in the process of refilling area reservoirs so water service can be restored to affected customers from Punaluu to Kaaawa/Waiole Valley. Customers that have regained service may experience lower than normal water pressures. To help speed up the process and allow the system to recover, customers in the affected area are asked to use water sparingly overnight for essential needs only: cooking, cleaning, and hygiene.

The Kaneohe-bound lane of Kamehameha Highway remains closed near Haleaha Road. The Kahuku-bound lane is being contra-flowed. Motorists are asked to drive cautiously through the area, expect delays, and use alternate routes if possible.

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