Kamehameha Schools engineers
again examine rockslide location

Star-Bulletin staff

Kamehameha Schools engineers this morning again visited the site of a Thanksgiving Day rockslide in Hawaii Kai that crushed two parked cars.

Kamehameha Schools, which owns part of the hillside above the Lalea Townhouse development in Kamilonui Valley, said it will be working with "third parties" to remove debris and rock from the slide.


At least one geologist from the state and an insurance adjuster spent about two hours inspecting the hillside yesterday, in part to determine who owned the land under the dislodged rocks and therefore would be responsible for cleaning up the large boulders fell during heavy rains Thursday night.

Kamehameha Schools Chief Executive Hamilton I. McCubbin said, "While Kamehameha Schools is moving to address the immediate situation, there may be other responsible parties that may need to become involved in arriving at an equitable long-term solution."

Tracy Galvez, who lives at Lalea, said yesterday that she is getting impatient about when the boulders will be moved and "paranoid every time it rains" that more rocks will roll down the hill.

Galvez and her husband, Sione, lost their 2001 Lexus GS430 and 1999 Honda CRV sports utility which were each crushed by rocks as they stood parked in their assigned stalls.

"My driveway is a maze of rock and my neighbor can't park her car because a rock is blocking her way." said Galvez. "They should know who owns the mountain and is responsible for moving the rocks."

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