Speeding from cul-de-sacs in a 20 mph zone by passing four-way street stop signs is a huge problem in our Opaekaa subdivision in the Wailua Homesteads.
Over the years, we’ve grown our children, and now have four grandchildren. Our neighbors have been exchanged from retirees to every household with children, grandchildren, and many, many pets.
All day, every day, public activities, Nonou Trail access, including school bus stop on Mala, we have video of people hiking, exercising, bike riding, walking their pets, and so far one close call with two children on bicycles hit, destroying bicycles, children luckily just scraped up, and still, people out of control come out from Ahakea-Noni cul-de-sac, flying.
By the time these drivers reach our house, second away from the corner of Noni stop sign, these drivers pedal-to-the-metal have hit odometer readings of 40-plus mph. Drivers seen every day, now with our video support, out from the Ahakea straightaway heading west toward the four-way stop, rarely brake lights or stopping at the signs.
Having installed surveillance, I also have placed a “try 10 mph” orange cone, where these racing drivers actually run the cone over, dismissing that their driving technique is seriously flawed — and they smirk as they are observed.
I have made several KPD complaints for this and active drivers that have or continue to hit-and-run, killing numerous animals — at least six attributed to one household just in 2017.
One bicycle rider, same household, is known for his serial techniques; he was seen kicking my small dog so hard, video and tenant story shows the dog was thrown into the bushes, broke his rib and left leg; bike rider’s version of “hit-and-run.”
The following week, not on his bike, but in his brand-new Toyota truck, he was seen by several residents and my surveillance, where he aimed at and hit one of two pups playing in their yard on the county’s parking patches of grass fronting all our homes. He didn’t stop, which is this family’s normal instigations, and kept on going.
What’s it gonna take to have complaints written for these kinds of people, who need to be criminally charged for their negligent actions, especially after informing KPD more than a few times, or before they poison, steal someone else’s chickens they are known for, or killing their own grandchildren, or four other children that live in their cul-de-sac behind our home?
“When pigs fly,” as one writer, Ka‘ona Kipuka, suggests, doesn’t make it.
Debra Kekaualua is a resident of Wailua.