Refunds available at convention hall

LIHUE — The county is offering a full refund to people worried about asbestos who reserved Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall.

“We realize that despite these precautionary measures, the patrons of the Convention Hall may still have concerns,” said Mayor Bernard Carvalho in a press release Thursday. “Therefore, we are offering a full refund to any person or organization that wishes to cancel an existing reservation for the use of this property.”

The county provided a press release on the situation after TGI published a story on it Thursday.

In December, the Department of Parks and Recreation hired an independent environmental consultant, Owen Environmental, to inspect the tile flooring of the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall for the presence of asbestos, according to a press release.

A state-certified asbestos inspector tested exposed flooring materials and associated mastic, the adhesive material used to lay the tiles, within the lobby and exhibition areas of the facility.

The final report confirms asbestos in certain areas of the flooring within the hall.

Information received by the consultant and the state Department of Health indicate that there is no imminent risk to the users of this facility and an immediate shutdown of the Convention Hall is not necessary.

“We are taking the results of this report very seriously and continue to work with our partners at the state and federal level to follow all required protocols,” Carvalho said. “We are committed to implementing all necessary precautions to protect the health and safety of our employees and our patrons.”

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