War Memorial closed

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    A Ninja from the Boys & Girls Club, Lihue makes a run with the ball while Villagers defend, Thursday against the backdrop of the closed Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Activity is alive as a Ninja from the Boys & Girls Club, Lihue lunges for the ball, Thursday against the backdrop of the closed Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Members of the Boys & Girls Club, Lihue engage in a round of Ninjas and Villagers, Thursday afternoon in their lot located adjacent to the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall parking lot.

LIHUE — Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall is closed.

The community stage isn’t scheduled to reopen until June 30 due to an asbestos removal project.

The scope of the $181,000 project will be to remove asbestos-laced floor tiles from the building, install new floor tiles, and also install new ceramic tiles on the kitchen walls to enhance cleanliness and maintenance.

“The closure is unfortunate, however, we appreciate the public’s patience as the project is part of the county’s effort to provide quality customer service,” said Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr. in a previous press release. “We look forward to reopening the facility once upgrades and renovations are complete.”

The contractors are Pacific Concrete Coring &Cutting, Inc and Creative Partition Systems.

The issue of asbestos at War Memorial was brought to the county’s attention by employee Charles Rapozo. He remains employed by the county, but filed a lawsuit against the county last year alleging retaliation over his reporting of the matter.

1 Comments
  1. Lorelei Armstrong January 5, 2018 4:24 am Reply

    I hope they tested the acoustic ceiling for asbestos as well. I’m a blood donor and they often hold the drives there. I’ve stared up at that dusty cottage-cheese ceiling over the years and wondered about it.


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