Rockfall project starts in Hawai'i Kai
Construction on the first phase of a rockfall mitigation project begins today at Lalea, the East Honolulu townhome development where two boulders smashed into two parked cars on Thanksgiving and the risk of further rockfall led to the evacuation of 26 families in early December.
The construction firm Goodfellow Bros. Inc. was selected for the work on the first phase, which is expected to cost $400,000 to $500,000. The project is estimated to last three months.
The second phase of the project, which will entail construction of a cable-netting system above the development, has been bid to three firms for consideration. The second phase is expected to begin by the end of April and take about six months to complete.
Kamehameha Schools and the developer, Castle & Cooke Hawai'i, are paying for the project.
Following the Thanksgiving incident, geologists made their assessment of potential risks and residents in two buildings nearest the hillside were told to evacuate and to anticipate not being able to return for a year.