A portion of Ali'i Drive is closed due to a sinkhole that arose Tuesday afternoon (December 24th).
The Hawaii Police Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) responded to reports of a sinkhole that opened up in the area of Ali'i Drive near Kahakai Road intersection.
The initial call came in at 12:10 pm and HPD officers from the Kona Patrol along with HFD crews from the Keauhou Fire Station and Department of Public Works personnel responded to the scene located fronting Coconut Grove Marketplace in Kailua-Kona on Ali'i Drive.
Upon the arrival of units, few passers-by reported a moderate size sinkhole was visible in the roadway with outer lining cracks surrounding the sinkhole was also visible and appear to be growing.
Once HFD and HPD crews arrived on scene they determined the sinkhole was approximately 2 feet x 2 feet and approximately 3 feet deep. The cause of the sinkhole is related to the surge of water from tides and surf that is currently eroding the seawall that runs along the right shoulder of Ali'i Drive.
According to Public Works officials, that area of Ali'i Drive was the focus of previous sinkholes or depressions appearing in the roadway and crews had made temporary repairs and a more permanent repair plan was currently being drafted awaiting funding and final environmental assessment is completed. However, crews are concerned unusually higher tides are expected later this week and officials will monitor the area over the next couple days.
Ali'i Drive between Kahakai Road and the north entrance of Coconut Grove Marketplace/Ali'i Sunset Plaza is currently closed to all traffic while crews work to make repairs.
We will update you once repairs are complete and the road is reopened.