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About a year ago, J.J. Niebuhr, the owner and operator of a new watering hole in downtown Honolulu, Black Shamrock Tavern, asked Hawaiʻi Gas to install a new utility meter for their renovated kitchen and water heater. What seemed to be a rather straightforward request turned into a months long ordeal.
Because Black Shamrock Tavern is located on a section of Nuʻuanu Avenue that is designated as historically significant, our Hawaiʻi Gas crew was not able to start on work until full clearance from the city and state was granted. Not to be deterred, J.J. and his staff continued to serve customers with what they had, great beer and cocktails, and looked forward to the day they could open their kitchen with a full menu…including the renowned New York style pizza that J.J. is known for.
After eight months of wading through the application process and finally receiving approval through the proper permits, our Hawaiʻi Gas crew was able to start work and quickly installed the gas service that Black Shamrock Tavern had been patiently waiting for.

Currently, Black Shamrock Tavern is getting the rest of their kitchen in order so they can soon serve up tasty fare that goes along with the classic Irish pub feel.
Many thanks to the State Historic Preservation Division, the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Planning and Permitting, and to Ryan Day, our Hawaiʻi Gas account executive who stuck by Black Shamrock Tavern all those months to see the project through to completion!

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Call 811 Before You Dig

Always have underground gas lines located before any excavation activity. If you are planning to dig, call the Hawaii One Call Center at least five (5) working days before you dig by dialing 811. Be sure to give them the address and location of the cross street(s) nearest where you plan to dig. Hawaii One Call Center will contact all local utilities to mark or identify the location of any underground utilities, for FREE. Mark the area where you plan to excavate in WHITE as Hawaiʻi Gas uses yellow markers (paint, ribbon, stakes, etc.) to mark our facilities.

Recognizing Gas Pipelines

Hawaiʻi Gas pipelines are made of steel or high-density polyethylene and are as large as 16-inches and as small as 1/4 inch in diameter. We bury our pipes with yellow warning tape; however all underground facilities should be treated with caution. Never assume a pipe is abandoned–at times polyethylene pipe is inserted into an older steel pipe. On O'ahu, we post yellow warning signs along our high-pressure transmission pipeline from Kapolei to Pier 38.

Why Is This Important?

Even a slight gouge, scrape or minor dent in a gas pipeline could eventually result in a rupture or leak. Damage to pipe coating could result in a future corrosion leak. Damage to the locating wire used for polyethylene gas pipes could make it difficult to locate the pipes in the future. 

If a gas pipeline is damaged, dented, pulled or yanked, it could lead to leaking in the future. Don’t take a chance! Warn or keep people away from a suspected leak. Stop the work and call the Hawaiʻi Gas emergency contact at 808-526-0066 or contact your local fire department. Do not attempt to repair the pipeline or backfill the area until Hawaiʻi Gas has inspected and repaired any damage.

Residential customers should have their piping checked once every five years and commercial customers should check annually.
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Sharon Shigemoto
Senior Account Executive, Oahʻu Sales Department

Sharon has been working for Hawaiʻi Gas for 42 loyal years. As an account executive, she primarily works with commercial customers to help identify their needs and find the right answers or solutions for them.
“Throughout my career I’ve developed strong relationships with my customers and helped them grow and expand their operations through the use of natural gas,” Sharon says. “In return, I feel that our community has benefited from the services that these businesses, restaurants and organizations provide,” she added.
Hawaiʻi Gas is currently offering career opportunities for those who are interested in belonging to a clean energy future. We have openings across the company and on all islands. Check out our careers page for available openings and to apply.
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Beer Lab Golf Invitational

Hawaiʻi Gas was a proud supporter of the Beer Lab's annual charity golf tournament held on June 9 at the Pearl Country Club on Oahu. Hundreds of golfers turned out in support of the Beer Lab Foundation which aims to benefit local sustainability causes. 

Making an appearance was the Hawaiʻi Gas "Cruzin' Cooker," a mobile gas grill and trailer that was able to churn out grilled goodness for hungry and appreciative golfers.  

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