Is Honolulu In For A Disastrous Flood?

Federal officials propose spending $200 million to erect walls around the Ala Wai Canal and build upland detention ponds to protect Waikiki and other areas from a major rainstorm that could cause catastrophic flooding.

The plan includes 3- to 5-foot walls around the canal, and detention basins that span five upland streams that feed into the canal. The Ala Wai Golf Course, Hausten Ditch, and land owned by Woodlawn Cemetery would be turned into repositories for floodwater.

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