Groundskeepers act to save courthouse trees

LIHUE — A water line that broke in front of Kauai 5th Circuit Courthouse is being replaced.

Groundskeepers Eddie Ibanez and Perry Alisna dug three-foot holes on either side of sidewalk leading from the building to Kaana Street.

They said water pressure from inside the pipe caused the break.

Another water break near one of the driveway gates was caused by tree roots, said Ibanez.

The break meant that more than a dozen palm trees, shrubs, plants and grass near the courthouse yard were not getting sprinkler water for over a week.

“It’s a good thing that we had a lot of rain,” Ibanez said. “Without the rain then everything would be dry and the trees and plants would be dying.”

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