Several neighbors have implored the city to expand the scope of their work to repair the infrastructure, and protect the homes, along Waiomao Rd. Situated about a half mile above the main slide at Waiomao Rd and Kuahea St, you might think I'd feel pretty secure. And I did . . . until so many things began shifting and moving around 2016 - 2017.
Update 2021 - After >4 years of reporting leaks, potholes, and running water, the Honolulu Board of Water Supply finally detected a leak in a water line. The leak was fixed and potholes patched. Crossing fingers that was the needed repair and all stays dry and stable in this portion of Waiomao Rd.
At first some wet spots in the road wouldn't go away. The Board of Water Supply assured us it wasn't their leak. The Department of Environmental Services assured us it wasn't a sewer leak. The Division of Road Maintenance sent some poor guys with brooms to sweep the water away! No one had a real solution. By 2019 the road was opening up with two large potholes seeping water at all times (regardless of rain or season). After reporting the seeps in Nov 2019 (see slideshow), the city promptly filled the potholes in December. By January 2020, the water was forcing out the asphalt, reopening the holes, growing large by March 2020. The next solution - hydraulic asphalt. But, still not identifying or addressing the source of the water leakage, naturally the water continued to flow, and by summer 2020 had forced new holes in the road next to the hydraulic pothole patches. In an area plagued by misdirection of water flow leading to land movement destroying city and private property, it is surprising that persistent water rupturing Waiomao Rd would be treated as a simple pothole problem.
I know the problem of seeping holes in the road in front of my home pales in comparison to the massive slide destroying homes just a half mile away. But, if I've learned anything from my neighbors it's that uncontrolled water flow, and neglected road degradation can spell disaster for family homes. If they expand the scope of their investigations and remediations, the city has the opportunity to protect some homes before the situation worsens beyond repair.