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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                           September 20, 2005 Release No. M-69







Mayor Mufi Hannemann and officials of Frank Coluccio Construction Co., today (September 20, 2005), broke ground on the final stage of Phase 1 of the Kalaheo sewer reconstruction emergency work  and water line replacement project in Kailua.

They also noted the completion of major work on the Hamakua Drive, Keolu Drive and Kainehe Street sewer reconstruction project.

The Kalaheo sewer serves most of the makai areas of Kailua. Work began several years ago, but was plagued with problems. Frank Coluccio Construction was contracted in February of this year to complete Phase 1 of the project by October 2006. Cost of the contract is $30.8 million.

At the request of the community and the City, the Coluccio firm established a website –  – to inform the public about the project, which involves:

·       Rehabilitating 1,863 feet of an existing 54-inch gravity flow sewer main and six manholes along Kalaheo Avenue from Mokapu Boulevard to Kanui Drive.

·       Using microtunneling techniques to install 5,305 feet of new 48-inch diameter sewer pipe along Kalaheo Avenue from Dune Circle to Kailua Road.

·       Constructing 46 new sewer manholes.

·       Installing 10,100 feet of PVC waterline to replace existing waterlines along Kalaheo Avenue from Mokapu Boulevard to Kuulei Road.

·       Resurfacing Kalaheo Avenue between Mokapu Boulevard and Kailua Road.


The $25.9 million Hamakua-Keolu-Kainehe project, which was completed last month, serves the mauka side of Kailua town and Enchanted Lake. The project involved:

  • Rehabilitating 2,300 feet of existing sewer pipe (diameter ranging between 12 and 36 inches) and 11 manholes along Keolu Drive and Kainehe Street.
  • Using microtunneling methods to install over 6,200 feet of new 30-inch pipe to replace existing 24 and 27-inch pipes along Hamakua and Keolu drives.
  • Constructing 28 new sewer manholes.


“I stated in my State of the City speech in February that these types of projects are essential parts of  my administration’s effort to get our wastewater system up to par and to protect the environment,” said Mayor Mufi Hannemann. “We thank Kailua residents for their patience with these projects, which involve some short-term inconvenience in order to reap long-term peace of mind and safety. And we applaud Frank Coluccio Construction’s efforts to keep the community apprised about its progress and to get the job done right and on time.”





            Bill Brennan, 527-6928

            Mark Matsunaga 527-5767

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

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