High rise residents stuck without elevators

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People living at 909 Kapiolani have a tough week ahead of them. All elevators in the 36-story building are out of service.


It’s a major inconvenience but residents and management say there’s not a whole lot they can do about it.

KHON2 got a pretty good idea of how tough it is for those who live on the upper floors. Residents can only hope that those elevators get fixed sooner than later.

“Twenty-five floors it’s gonna be a workout follow me,” said Vukasin Saban.

He lives on the 25th floor. And since Monday, This is a trek he’s had to make three times a day. Management has told residents that the elevators could be out for a week. Like other residents we’ve talked to he’s more concerned about those who are older.

“There’s a lot of people in this building that live here that are elderly people and there’s no possible way that they can go up 30 stories like this,” Saban said.

When we finally reached his floor, we talked to his neighbor, Toshio Miyashita.

“Can I ask how old you are?” KHON2 asked.
“I’m 92, 93 in August,” Miyashita said.
“I never would have guessed that. And you plan to walk up and down tomorrow?” KHON2 asked.
“Well yes,” he said.

He says he needs to run an important errand so he will have to go down and of course climb back up to the 25th floor.

“It’s not so much my legs it’s my lungs I run out of breath easily so I may have to take a rest somewhere along the way up,” Miyashita said.

Residents say there was a break in the fire sprinkler pipes on the 36th floor which caused a flood and knocked the elevators out of service. Another resident, House Speaker Scott Saiki who lives on the 35th floor, says this should serve as a warning for other high rise building managers.

“Managers have to be aware of this type of thing happening in their building and they need to be prepared and have some kind of a backup plan in case this happens.”

The building’s association president says management is doing everything to get the elevators fixed. There’s a chance that one of them might be running by Thursday.
 

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