Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Ala Wai Serpent


What goes down must come up, just like the economy, ha ha. That was a joke. Or maybe not, this incident will create jobs. Anyways, a few years ago they assembled the emergency sewer bypass pipe, kukai pipe, on the surface of the Ala Wai canal, then once all the individual sections were connected into a contiguous giant sewer line they broke the ceremonial bottle of champagne and submerged the pipe to the bottom of the canal where it lay peacefully until this past Saturday upon which a section of it (photo above) rose up and breached the surface. The way I understood it, is that, the pipe was empty and basically filled with air as there hasn't been a sewer emergency for a while and the volume of air inside the emergency bypass pipe caused the bouyancy and up she went.





5 comments:

cloudia charters said...

Ah, it looked so fresh, so young and clean before it was submerged in the AWC LOL!


I've got my eye on it


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RONW said...

cloudia- yea looks kinda gross now. That ala wal blvd in you neighborhood .... they still haven't finished yet?!

Kay said...

Oh my goodness! That's amazing. I didn't see it in the news.

RONW said...

Kay- it's the latest scenic attraction. The 48 million gallon sewage spill musta happen just before you folks move back, was national news, thusly, it's a embarrassing reminder.

RONW said...

Kay- aerial photos of Waikiki still scares me. Our building was built in the 70's when the property setback was far less from the street. The 'newer' Ala Wai apartment buildings are setback so far that you don't have a sideview if there's a as high or higher neighboring building. From my lanai, I'm able to see laterally Diamond Hd crater all the way to Salt Lake crater.