(Ken Hupp - KPUA) 11 of the 13 tsunami warning sirens that were found to be defective during last week’s monthly test have been repaired. State Civil Defense technicians, along with their counterparts at County Civil Defense, police radio personnel and a private contractor began work on Friday in West Hawai`i and completed work on the sirens in Honoka`a and Laupahoehoe on Monday.
The siren at Hakalau, which was knocked over in a car crash, and the one at Waiaka, which has a frozen motor, require new parts and extensive work by private contractors. State Civil Defense hopes to have the Hakalau siren in operation in time for the December monthly test. A time line has not been established for the Waiaka siren.
Problems with the sirens first surfaced during the October 27th tsunami warning and evacuation.