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Residents rebuild after devastating Marco Polo fire

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A lock keeps residents out of the 26th floor of the Marco Polo building in Honolulu. Photos by Lucinda Hu.

It has been four months since a fatal fire devastated the notable wave-shaped high-rise, Marco Polo, on July 14. Residents are still trying to cope and rebuild their lives, while investigations continue.

“We started to do abatement programs, which is a plan to remove all hazardous materials,” Marco Polo board member Keith Higaki said. He is also a band teacher at Sacred Hearts Academy.

Three people died and five others were seriously injured at the 36-story building located on Kapiolani Boulevard, near the Ala Wai Canal.

Many amenities at the condominium are still under renovation, including the swimming pool, which is blocked off and inaccessible to residents. 

In addition, both the 26th and 27th floors have been barricaded. The fire is believed to have originated in a unit on the 26th floor.   

Due to the floor closures, residents living on the 26th and 27th floor have been residing in nearby hotels or elsewhere with family and friends.

In the lobby, flyers offering reconstruction programs are available to residents. Just recently, a party was held at the high-rise in order to raise the spirits of residents.

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