When Moon Yun Pellerin's parents bought a 27th-floor apartment in a high-rise overlooking Waikiki about 15 years ago, they didn't realize the wave-shaped building had no fire sprinklers.
"We didn't even consider it," Pellerin said.
But a week after a massive fire broke out one floor below her apartment, killing three neighbors, Pellerin and her family "definitely want sprinklers" installed — even if it means spending thousands of dollars.
The Marco Polo Apartments were built in 1971, before sprinklers became mandatory for new construction in Honolulu.
Despite local lawmakers' efforts to require older buildings to install sprinkler systems,...