Three large boulders rock Kalihi neighborhood

Published On: Apr 20 2012 07:07:04 AM HST   Updated On: Apr 14 2012 08:53:00 AM HST

City crews took a jack hammer to the seven ton boulder. It took them several hours to break it into smaller pieces.
The boulder is the largest of three that rattled this Kalihi Valley neighborhood last night.

"That's a miracle from what I can see and how far it came down," said John Nigro, City supervisor for Division of Road Maintenance.

A miracle, resident Dean Onishi is still making sense of, after the boulder cleared out the side of his home.

"I don't think I would have been killed by it, because it only grazed the house," said Onishi.

City officials believe one of the boulders broke free from the mountain; it then tumbled down into this home bouncing off of the ground over a motorcycle, a table into somebody's bathroom

"The fence that he had up, saved it from actually going into the house itself," said Nigor.

The boulder left a crater in the road and a costly path of destruction.

After busting up the boulder the city crews lifted it and dropped it slowly into the back of a truck for removal.
Emergency officials said the land above the homes is owned by both the state and a church, but at this time it is not clear who owns the property where the boulders broke loose.

"They have been told that they should not go back there due to the hazards of any possible re-occurrence of rocks falling down again," said Peter Hirai, deputy director of the Department of Emergency Management.


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