Residents currently living in Kakaako are questioning if the neighborhood's sewage system can handle all of the new condominium projects that are planned for the area. While the Hawaii Community Development Authority, the state agency in charge of overseeing development in the neighborhood, and the city and county of Honolulu have both assured the public that the sewage infrastructure currently in place would be able to do so, residents have been complaining about foul odors that are escaping from the system. The city's Department of Environmental Services and the city's Department of Design and Construction's Wastewater Division have formed a task force and hired engineering firm R.M. Towill Corp to help to analyze and fix the odor problem.
According to city officials it is quite possible that the foul odors are not caused by Kakaako's sewer lines at all. Apparently, the Kakaako neighborhood is located above several different sewer lines which are flowing sewage from other parts of the city on the way to the main pumping stations. Regardless, city officials have stated that they will be working to identify the source and correct the problem.