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Warning signs make it clear; Stay out of the water at Keehi Lagoon

By Nana Ohkawa
Published On: Feb 15 2013 07:31:00 PM HST

Warnings signs make it clear. Stay out of the water here at Keehi Lagoon. The canoe clubs are not taking any chances.

HONOLULU -

Warning signs make it clear. Stay out of the water at Keehi Lagoon. The canoe clubs are not taking any chances.

"In the past we've had people get infections from the water, and they just have a mosquito bite or a scratch, so why chance it for the kid to get an infection," said canoe club coach Dexter Bajarin.

The Na Opio Championship has been canceled this weekend. The canoers will have to practice on land instead of out in the water.

"We've trained really hard to attempt to get our first place back as we did in the beginning of the season, and it's really a downfall to our game performance," said student Christian Fontanilla.

The City's Department of Environmental Services says at least 3,000 gallons of wastewater has been discharged into to the lagoon. Crews worked to repair the cracked pipe located under the Nimitz viaduct.

The canoeing coach said it's been a long, hard season. They were mentally prepared to compete on Saturday.

"Maybe four to six weeks of hard practice and this is where it comes down to. How hard you practice is how well you do in the championship," said coach Bajarin.

"You have to push hard, past what you can do, in order to see better results the next time, that is how I was preparing myself through this whole week," said Fontanilla.

But the students see there is a bright side to the hold-off.

"Now that the race has been postponed I feel like now is our chance to get together as a group and really get into our zone," said Fontanilla.

No one is sure of how the sewage pipe cracked.

Everyone is advised to stay out of the waters of the lagoon from the Nimitz viaduct to the end of the canoe launch areas until the warning signs are removed.

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