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More than 2 months after the fuel leak, military families continue living in Waikīkī hotels

Navy Water Distribution red hill fuel contamination
Mass Communication Specialist 3rd/Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet
ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaiʻi (Jan. 12, 2022) - A potable water tank hatch is opened at a water distribution site. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeremy Lemmon Jr.)

Military families have been displaced for two months because of tainted drinking water. At an Army town hall meeting Thursday night, one woman said her hotel bill has exceeded $7,000.

The Conversation talked with a military spouse about the uncertainty of being in a Waikīkī hotel for so long. She was set to be out of the hotel by Friday, but that has now been extended indefinitely.

The Army said it hoped it could begin returning families into their homes by next weekend — provided the state Department of Health gives the all-clear on the water sampling. But the timeline is all subject to change.

This interview aired on The Conversation on Feb. 4, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at
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