DHHL Molokai Cesspool Survey

DHHL News Release

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) is beginning an assessment of active and inactive cesspools throughout the state starting with homestead communities on Molokai.

Governor David Ige signed Act 125 into law in 2017, requiring the upgrade, conversion, or sewer connection of all cesspools in the State before January 1, 2050. It is estimated there are approximately 88,000 cesspools statewide.

The data collected from this survey is expected to provide accurate information for officials to determine appropriate funding mechanisms to assist families in complying with Act 125.

DHHL, through its contractor Hawaii Engineering Group, will conduct the Molokai field survey from March through April, weather permitting.

Kapaʻakea will be surveyed from March 11-17, Kamilola-Makakupaʻia March 17-20, Kalamaʻula March 18-31 and Ho’olehua-Pala’au and Moʻomomi from March 30 to April 30. 

To assist our project team, lessees may also complete an online survey on the DHHL website at dhhl.hawaii.gov/po/cesspools.


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