Lawmaker requests survey of Kalihi Valley hillside

Published On: Jan 29 2013 04:45:00 PM HST

Vice Speaker John Mizuno says he drafted a letter to William Aila, director of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, urgently requesting a survey of any potential risks associated with a Kalihi Valley hillside after three boulders rolled down and damaged a home Monday morning.

A 3-foot-by-5-foot boulder punctured the wall of a home on Nobrega Street and just missed the head of resident Gerald Abella.

Mizuno says he visited the scene and talked with the family.

Monday's event was similar to last year when five boulders rolled down the mountainside over Kalihi Valley and damaged several homes at Kula Kolea Place.

In the immediate aftermath of that natural disaster, Vice Speaker Mizuno personally delivered a letter to the governor requesting state assistance in mitigating, stabilizing and removing unstable rocks above Kula Kolea Place.

"We’ve been in this position before and used that experience to take appropriate and timely action in the wake of yesterday’s near catastrophe.  I’m requesting the DLNR to conduct a survey of any potential future risks associated with the hillside as well as to exercise all means of ensuring the safety and well-being of area residents," said Mizuno.  "Our number one priority is to keep more boulders from crashing into homes on Nobrega St., but we have also begun to work with the DLNR to take a proactive approach in preventing similar occurrences throughout Kalihi Valley in the future."


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