Hawaii Recovers From Unusually Wet Winter

April 18, 2006
Honolulu Sewage Spill Threatens Beaches

After more than 40 days (and nights) of rain, the sun is finally shining again on Hawaii. In addition to weather issues that impacted cruise travelers to the islands over the past month-plus, a sewage spill in Oahu's Honolulu raised bacteria levels in the sea to such an extent that beaches had to be closed to swimmers.

Indeed, more than 50 warning signs were posted -- mostly in Waikiki -- and the majority of those came down in early April. Only yesterday, however, were contamination signs removed from Bellows Beach Park, Waimanalo Beach Park and Ka'elepulu Stream.

At this point there are only a few areas on Oahu still sporting warning signs: Ala Wai Canal, Ala Wai Yacht Harbor, Ala Wai Channel, Kane'ohe Beach Park and Kokokahi Beach. In Kauai, hard hit by flash floods reminiscent of Noah's Ark, nearly all beaches have reopened; at this point, the Hawaii State Department of Health is still monitoring only the Kalapaki Beach at the Marriott Hotel for flood-related damage.