Wastewater spill on Kuhio Highway near Lydgate

WAILUA – The public is advised of a wastewater spill that occurred around 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1, on Kuhio Highway, near the northern Leho Drive intersection.

The spill occurred due to a blockage in the sewer line and resulted in the overflow of approximately 1,000 gallons of wastewater.

The Wastewater Management Division is currently working on addressing the blockage and will continue to monitor the area until the blockage is cleared.

While work is being done, the outer northbound lane of Kuhio Highway at the north-junction of Leho Drive will be closed until further notice.

Motorists should drive with caution, expect delays and adjust their travel times as needed.

Officials are asking the public to avoid this area if possible. Updates will be given as new information is available.

Anyone with questions can contact Donn Kakuda with the Department of Public Works at 241-4084 or via email at dkakuda@kauai.gov.

  1. some guy November 2, 2018 12:37 pm Reply


  2. Objectivity November 2, 2018 9:05 pm Reply

    Avoid the area? It’s not like driving past there is optional if you are in Lihue and live anywhere north of there.

  3. Charlie Chimknee November 3, 2018 10:31 am Reply

    Aloha Kakou,

    From Nawiliwili and Puhi many thousands of cars backed up for an over 2 hour drive to the Wailua River being polluted after over 24 hours of leaking sewage up to last night when it took over 2 hours to get from the Airport but backed up down into Nawiliwili…is it still leaking from Thursday night 7 pm till Saturday morning still?

    2 lanes going north locked into gridlock…crawling…on off. Southbound single lane only 1, 3, 5 cars every few minutes, no problem, but was the solution if there was someone with a brain.

    Cops could easily hold Kuhio traffic back at Wailua River/ Kumamoo Rd. light and let 5 minutes of northbound cars go around the running stink leak allowing a few hundred cars to cross the bridge where the Kuhio Hwy ahead was empty going north. That would reduce the wait by an hour and a half, but no, not a single cop or cop car, no Traffic Lieutenant or a Sargeant. Not even a patrolman nor a blinking light . There were 3 sewer workers there wearing enough glow in the dark reflectors to cause s melt down, or a leak. At least they were doing something, 1 was twiddling his thumbs, another was sucking his thumb, and the 3rd was reasonably throwing up.

    Had there of been an emergency north of Coco Palms, needing help from LIHUE side…add another disaster.

    The 2 hour crawl for 5 miles was significant to call out the Mayor and Chief of Police, both of whom should retire today and let the next guys down the line get a head start because after all these years they failed on their way out, unless of course they were attending their retirement party.

    Was an Embarrassment for Kaua’i for the visitors who also waited, and seeing no cops, no blinking lights, seems our leadership, is used to embarrassment, or are immune to it, or inaction in the face of a semi disaster, and a potential disaster if it can to emergency needs…like police, fire, ambulance, troops unable to drive north out of LIHUE without danger of head on collision in the south bound lane trying to go north…no rooom to pull over…packed like sardines…!

    Hoping they’ll post signs NO SWIMMING all along the lower Wailua River so keiki don’t get sick or die. Let’s hope they find the cause so it don’t happen again. A kink in the line is not a Cause…it is an Effect….or a poor excuse. Isn’t there enough money for preventive maintenance. They could not stop the leak after over 24 hours…where was the sewer boss?



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