Pahoa Pool Temporarily Closed for Unexpected Maintenance

Wow, the Pahoa Pool just went through at $1.5 Million dollar renovation project that left the pool closed for nearly a year and now it’s already having to temporarily close because of unexpected maintenance:

Media Release:

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation closed the Pāhoa Community Aquatic Center on Wednesday, October 16, so workers could perform unexpected maintenance.

Pahoa Pool

Normal operating hours will resume Thursday, October 17, when the pool will be reopened at 9 a.m. for public recreational and adult lap swimming.

The Department of Parks and Recreation apologizes for any inconvenience the unexpected closure may cause and thanks the public for its patience and understanding.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105, or jarmstrong@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Pahoa Community Pool Finally Reopens

An improved Pāhoa Community Aquatic Center was reopened this morning following completion of a $1.5 million renovation project that has enhanced the operation and usability of the popular swimming pool.
 Pahoa Pool
Pastor Alan Tamashiro delivered the blessing as anxious swimmers waited to enter the pool for the first time since the Department of Parks and Recreation closed it temporarily in January so construction work could begin.
Roof-mounted solar heating panels have been installed to warm the pool water, while new circulation pumps and a variable-frequency drive motor will reduce energy use and start-up time following an electrical outage.
Pahoa Pool Solar Panels
Isemoto Contracting Co. Ltd. also enlarged the equipment building to accommodate the new pumps, and repaired leaks to the pool basin, surge gutter and drain lines.  County employees performed various maintenance tasks that included roof repairs, painting and refinishing the keiki pool’s play fountain and tiling.
Pahoa Pool County Worker
Mayor Billy Kenoi thanked the public for its patience while the renovation work was occurring at a recreational facility he said serves as a pu‘uhonua or safe haven for families.
He was joined by Puna Councilman Zendo Kern, a fellow Puna native who revealed the first time he jumped from a diving board was a the Pāhoa Community Aquatic Center.
“This is such a needed thing in Puna,” Kern said. “It’s so used.”
New lockers have been installed as well

New lockers have been installed as well

 To accommodate that demand, the Department is implementing new operating hours starting Tuesday, August 27. The pool will be open weekends from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except for a lunchtime closure from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Weekday hours will be 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For additional pool information, please call Cassandra at 965-2700 or check the Aquatics section of the Department’s website, http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/parks-and-recreation/.

Pāhoa Aquatic Center Reopening Set for August 26

The Pāhoa Aquatic Center improvement project is nearly complete, and the facility is tentatively scheduled to reopen to the public on Monday, August 26.

Pahoa Pool Opening

The project’s schedule originally estimated completion by the end of July. However, due to the recent discovery of unforeseeable existing conditions and some minor weather delays, the project will require approximately an additional month to complete.

Installation of the pool’s new main pumps necessitated testing all existing metallic pool accessories installed around the pool’s edge to ensure compliance with the Electrical Code’s “equipotential bonding” requirements. This testing revealed that certain items no longer exhibited the continuity necessary to successfully reduce voltage gradients in the pool area. While it is unclear why the items lost their bonding, the condition must be resolved before the pool can be refilled and reopened. Pump installation and testing occurred near the end of the project, which is why the matter was not discovered sooner.

The $1.55 million invested in this project provides for an expanded equipment building, allowing the pool’s new pumps to be placed below the pool’s operating water level. This modification will make it easier to restart the pool’s circulation system in the event of an electrical outage. Work also involved repairing leaks that had caused significant water loss and further aggravated the pool’s circulation system following longer-duration power interruptions.

Other improvements include the installation of roof-mounted solar heating panels to help warm the pool water, a new variable-frequency drive to manage the pump motors more efficiently and reduce energy consumption, and various repairs and safety upgrades to the facility.

While the pool is closed, Department of Parks and Recreation personnel are addressing miscellaneous maintenance needs and repair issues that were not part of the project’s scope.

The Department of Parks and Recreation apologizes for this inconvenience, and thanks swimmers, other pool users and the general public for their patience and understanding while this critical work is performed.

New operating hours will take effect once the pool is reopened. Weekday hours will be 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The pool will be opened weekends from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Novice Swim Team registration will be held from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28, at the Pāhoa Aquatic Center. A water aerobics class starts at 9 a.m. Wednesday, September 4.

For additional pool information, please call Cassandra at 965-2700.

Pahoa Pool Re-Opening Pushed Back

The re-opening of the Pahoa Pool and Aquatics Center has been pushed back.  The original completion date was set to be tomorrow, July 16th.

Pahoa Pool OpeningI went by the site on Friday to see if I could sign my son up for the swim lessons that were supposed to start this week.  It obviously didn’t look like it was going to be completed soon.

I emailed County of Hawaii Department of Parks and Recreation Public Officer Jason Armstrong and his reply was that it was going to be hopefully opened towards the end of July:

Hi Damon,

We anticipate reopening the Pahoa Pool by the end of July 2013. There likely will be a ceremony, which I’ll inform you of if one is held, but that has not yet been scheduled.

We’re also waiting for the construction to be finished before signing kids up for swim lessons.

Thanks for your continued patience while we work to improve this important recreational facility!

Jason Armstrong,

Public Information Officer, Department of Parks & Recreation, County of Hawai’i

 

Pahoa Pool Getting $1.55 Million Upgrade – Warm Water on the Way

The Department of Parks and Recreation is investing $1.55 million to enhance the operation and usability of the Pāhoa Aquatic Center.

My son was so cold during his swim lessons, that he had to get out of the water and warm up despite wearing a rash guard!

My son was so cold during his swim lessons, that he had to get out of the water and warm up despite wearing a rash guard!

Isemoto Contracting Co. Ltd. will expand the pool’s equipment building; reconfigure the pool’s pumps, circulation piping, and filtration system; and address recurring leaks that have begun to severely impact the daily operation of the pool. Improved water quality, lower operational costs and the ability to prevent or mitigate pool closures following an electrical outage will be among the significant public benefits.

Contract terms also call for installing roof-mounted solar heating panels to help warm the pool water, a new variable frequency drive to manage the pump motors more efficiently, and performing various repairs and safety upgrades to the facility.

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Construction work will require closing the Pāhoa Aquatic Center for approximately six months starting Monday, January 7. The Department of Parks and Recreation apologizes for this inconvenience, and thanks swimmers, other pool users and the general public for their patience and understanding while this critical work is performed.

During the closure, users of the Pāhoa Aquatic Center are encouraged to visit Hilo’s Kawamoto Swim Stadium or Pāhala Swimming Pool located on the grounds of Ka‘ū High and Pāhala Elementary School. Operating hours, contact information and a list of other County of Hawai‘i swimming pools are available at www.hawaiicounty.gov/pr-aquatics/.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105, or jarmstrong@co.hawaii.hi.us.

 

Pahoa Pool… There Goes Hot Showers!

Please warm the Pahoa pool

I’m sitting here at the Pahoa pool trying to give my son lessons but the water is so cold he keeps getting out.

Pahoa Pool

Please heat the Pahoa pool. Heck I might even jump in if it was just a bit warmer.

Pahoa… We Do it Puna Style

Pahoa is a unique little town.

Clock in front of Historic Akebono Theater

Clock in front of Historic Akebono Theater

The Akebono theater is definitely one of the landmarks in town

Akebono Theater

Akebono Theater

We also have a church in town that has some interesting sites.

Interesting angle of Statue from the road across from Paul's Gas Station

Interesting angle of Statue from the road across from Paul's Gas Station

The town has lots of small shops and businesses that are all within walking distance of eachother.

The "South Side" of Town

The "South Side" of Town

If you look closely on a lot of the shops, you can get an idea of some of the problems and concerns of the residents of the area.

Rat Lungworm has been a big concern

Rat Lungworm has been a big concern

Everything from health to Hawaiian things can be found in the windows of some of the shops.

Save an Ancient Hawaiian Burial Cave

Save an Ancient Hawaiian Burial Cave

You can find just about everything… including Lava Tours.

Lava Tours

Lava Tours

Even some of the buildings have very unique murals on them.

"The Healing Nation"

"The Healing Nation"

This one is on the side of the Thai Restaurant.

"Aloha"

"Aloha"

This one is on the back of the Pahoa Museum.

Mural on the back of the Pahoa Museum

Mural on the back of the Pahoa Museum

Of course Rudedogg would shoot me (with a tattoo gun)  if I didn’t at least take a picture of his sign.

Rudedogg Tattoos

Rudedogg Tattoos

We even have a spa and massage parlor!

Paradissimo Tropica Spa & Massage

Paradissimo Tropica Spa & Massage

We even have lodging right in the center of town.

Island Paradise Inn

Island Paradise Inn

There are a few cute coffee shops

Sirius Coffee

Sirius Coffee

A health food store

Island Naturals Market & Deli

Island Naturals Market & Deli

And we even have a great Aquatics Center… I just wish the pool temperature was a bit warmer!

So cold someone had to get out and warm up at his swim lessons!

So cold someone had to get out and warm up at his swim lessons!

Today only one lane was open through town for a good period of time.

One lane of traffic today

One lane of traffic today

As utility work was going on.

Utility Work in Pahoa Village

Utility Work in Pahoa Village

They say people do funny things in the bushes here in Pahoa.

Interesting spot to dispose of a bottle

Interesting spot to dispose of a bottle

But on my walk… I only found a few harmless things in the bushes.

Protector of the Bushes

Protector of the Bushes

Our town can be so cool… that one second gas will be one price

Gas View One

Gas View One

And just by walking by the place and looking at the other side of the sign… the price of gas will just instantly drop.

Gas View 2

Gas View 2

Our town is so cool… that even our cars are cool.

Sanpan?

Sanpan?

Yes folks… you see those wheels… this is a converted Mercedes.

Mercedes Converted to Sanpan

Mercedes Converted to Sanpan

So come on out to Pahoa and check things out… We do it “Puna Style”

Puna Style

Puna Style

Pahoa Pool Locker Rooms… So Nice You Can Sleep in Them

I took my son to his swim lessons today at the Pahoa Pool and we were about to change into his swim clothes and we noticed this sign fronting the locker room.

Pool Sign

So he changed in the bathroom side of the locker room and went off to his lessons.

Apparently they are remodeling the locker  room.  Here are the old lockers stacked outside.

Lockers Outside

After I saw all these lockers outside, I wanted to get a picture of the inside, and this is what I walked in… the worker was just sleeping away. I assume it was his lunch break as other workers were outside eating their lunch.

You can see he has his lunch in front of his legs.

You can see he has his lunch in front of his legs.

I’m glad the Pahoa Pool is available for public use.  However, I just wish that those that used the locker rooms… were actually there to use the pool as well.

Valuables

Pahoa Community Aquatics Center – SHOWERS FOR SWIMMERS ONLY!

My son started his summer swim lessons again at the Pahoa Aquatics Center.

The Entrance to the Pool

The Entrance to the Pool

It’s really a great deal.  Only $10.00 for 10 lessons spread out through two weeks.

Olympic Size Swimming Pool

Olympic Size Swimming Pool

The best thing about the pool, is that it’s free to use any other time.

Two Diving Boards

Two Diving Boards

There is always ample parking too.

Lots of Parking Stalls

Lots of Parking Stalls

Here are the hours that you can swim for the rest of the summer:

June 15 – July 24, 2009

Adult Lap Swim ONLY 9:00 – 1:00 pm Mon-Fri
Public Recreational Swim 1:00 –  4:40 pm Mon-Fri

July 27 – August 31, 2009

Adult Lap & Recreational Swim w/parent 9:00 – 2:00 pm Mon-Fri
Public Recreational Swim 1:00 –  4:40 pm Wed
Public Recreational Swim 2:00 –  4:40 pm M/T/Th/F
Novice Swim Team (starts 8/10) 2:30 – 3:30 pm Mon-Fri

WEEKENDS & HOLIDAYS

Public Recreational Swim 9:00 – 4:40 pm Sat/Sun/Hol

For you parents that are worried about the little ones who can’t swim just yet… they do have the “Kiddie Pool” as well.

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But folks, all I ask is that you just don’t go there to use the showers and clean yourself up during the times when our young kids are having lessons… There is a sign that says:

SHOWERS FOR SWIMMERS ONLY!

SHOWERS FOR SWIMMERS ONLY!

You can check out more information about the pool on this site.

I sure wish that they would heat the damn pool.  I hear that they have the capability to do it… but aren’t just to save electricity.

This little dragon was freezing his butt off when he got out.

My Little Dragon

My Little Dragon

Pahoa Pool Closed for Three Days Next Week

Media Release

The County of Hawaii Department of Parks and Recreation announces that the Pahoa Aquatic Center will be closed to the public on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 thru Friday, February 20, 2009 and will re-open on Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 9:00 am.

Montessori Country School at the Pahoa Aquatic Center

Montessori Country School at the Pahoa Aquatic Center

This short-term closure is necessary for department staff and engineering consultants to conduct necessary extended period monitoring and tests at the facility that require the pumps to be placed offline.  These tests and observations are intended to confirm that upcoming improvements proposed for the facility will successfully address the recurring power and water loss problems that have resulted in the numerous unscheduled closures experienced there since the pool was opened in May 1997.  Aquatics staff will also implement its regular monthly maintenance operations during this closure.

The staff of the Department of Parks and Recreation thanks all patrons for their understanding and patience during this required closure.