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Waikiki beaches closed after rain triggers sewage spill 

Waikiki beaches closed after rain triggers sewage spill 

Heavy rains triggered a half-million-gallon sewage spill near Hawaii's world-famous tourist district, prompting city officials Monday to close most of the beach fronting Waikiki. Stormwater flowed into the city's sewage system as a weather system linked to Tropical Storm Kilo dumped heavy rain on the islands. The inundation overwhelmed the sewage system, causing 500,000 gallons of wastewater to spew from manholes, said Lori Kahikina, Honolulu's director of environmental services. “Now's not the time to go swimming,” she told reporters. It could be a couple of days before the ocean is clear enough for people to enter, Kahikina estimated. She said it would...

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