Waimea pool reopens after renovation

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Kahu Jade Battad of Ke Akua Mana Church officiates over the blessing of the Waimea Pool, Wednesday.

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Patrick Porter, director of the Dept. of Parks and Recreation, offers Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami a pinch of salt for the pa‘a kai blessing, Wednesday at the reopening of the Waimea Pool.

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Rep. Dee Morikawa and Darryl Maeda of Pacific Blue Construction place the ti leaf lei following the blessing of the Waimea Pool, Wednesday.

WAIMEA — Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami got no takers from about two dozen people who gathered for the blessing of the Waimea swimming pool Wednesday morning as he issued a “who can hold your breath the longest” while dunked in the pool.

“This project which was completed ahead of schedule is much needed, as the Westside community depends on this pool for their recreational needs,” Kawakami said.

The renovation work at the pool started in November. At a cost of about $1 million, the pool deck was restored, plumbing and electrical improvements were done, as well as accessibility upgrades in line with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“This pool was built by the veterans of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the 100th Infantry Battalion after they came home?” Rep. Dee Morikawa questioned while waiting for the re-opening. “They were using small pipes (compared with the today’s standards) so a lot of the work needed to be done underground.”

Kawakami said the work was done with help from Morikawa and the Legislature, Palms Hawaii Architecture, and Pacific Blue Construction.

“A lot of kupuna use the pool for exercise and relaxation,” he said. “I’m glad the partnerships were able to get the work done ahead of schedule, and just in time for the hottest part of the year.”

  1. Robert Edwards May 30, 2019 5:26 am Reply

    Maybe they can extend the pool lanes so the Westside can finally have a proper Olympic-size swimming pool.

  2. harryoyama May 30, 2019 1:00 pm Reply

    I would think twice before taking a dip in that pool especially if there are kids in there. What are the odds of one or several kids taking a pee or not wiping their behinds while in there?

    1. doodoo boy June 1, 2019 9:50 pm Reply

      ever heard of this thing called chlorine? it’s magical, you should read about it…

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