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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 4:18 p.m., Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Warning signs pulled from some Waikiki beachfronts

Advertiser Staff

The state Department of Health has cleared the beach areas fronting the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Hale Koa, Outrigger, Halekulani, Sheraton and Royal hawaiian hotels. Warning signs for the coastal areas, stretching from Hale Koa to the Moana Surfrider Hotel, are being taken down today.

The decision to remove the warning signs was based on an evaluation of results from water samples taken yesterday.

The public is advised to continue to stay out of beach waters where warning signs continue to be posted. These areas include Magic Island Lagoon and the entrance to Ala Wai Channel. Surfers are warned to stay out of the following surfing areas: Ala Moana Bowls, Rock Pile, Kaisers, Fours, Threes and Pops.

An Ala Wai Canal sewer main break last week spilled 48 million gallons of untreated sewage into the ocean. Water quality at the Ala Wai Canal discharge site is improving, and after an additional week it is expected that the Ala Wai will return to normal, according to a Department of Health press release.

For information on current water warning on each island, go to the DOH homepage at www.hawaiigov/health and review the contaminated water postings.