‘He ended up right inside’: Large sinkhole in Waiau partially swallows car


HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Honolulu Board of Water Supply (BWS) responded to a 12-inch water main break near 98-513 Kamaha’o St. in Waiau on Wednesday, Sept. 8.

The break created a large sinkhole in Kamaha’o Street, according to BWS officials, and a vehicle was temporarily lodged in the hole.

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“It took him a while to get his car out of the hole, because he was right on top of it,” said KT Kaneshiro, a resident of Kamaha’o Street.

“One of our neighbors said that they were trying to tell the person don’t go, because they could see it but, because it’s nighttime and you couldn’t see that it was collapsed, he ended up right inside,” said Camille Kaneshiro, also a resident of Kamaha’o Street.

Officials report no one was hurt and the car was successfully towed out of the sinkhole. However, that was not the only thing that startled neighbors.

“The water was just gushing down both sides of the road,” said Camille.

The break was located across Hookanike Street from Waiau Elementary School. The Department of Education also said school is still scheduled onThursday for Waiau Elementary School.

Eight townhomes were affected and residents were left without water at Garden Court and Waiau Gardens Kai apartments.

Officials said water was restored around 3 p.m. and crews were working to repave the road.

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