County officials announced the reopening of the main, manmade, enclosed swimming pond at Lydgate Park in Wailua.
The pond had been closed for nearly two weeks due to an accumulation of debris and run-off from Wailua River following heavy rains, county officials said.
According to County Engineer Donald Fujimoto, cleanup of the popular beach was done mostly by volunteers, with the majority of the work done by members of the Friends of Kamalani and Lydgate Park.
“I’d like to thank all the volunteers who worked hard and cleared the bulk of the rubbish,” said Fujimoto, adding that the rest of the debris in the pond was removed by workers with a private contractor.
Fujimoto also noted that county Department of Public Works personnel have been focusing their efforts on clearing river mouths and drainage ways in valleys and along roadways, making sure there are no obstructions, as part of the department’s disaster-preparedness efforts.