First facelift is for town center

A plan to beautify the center of Hanama’ulu and to inspire community pride was

unveiled to residents this week.

Proponents hope the project, when

completed, will serve as a catalyst for more public improvement project in

Hanama’ulu town, one of the oldest sugar plantation sesttlements on

Kaua’i.

At a meeting held at Kalepa Village Wednesday night, the Hanama’ulu

Beautification Committee proposed extensive landscaping of a 6,000 square-foot

lot next to the 7-11 store in Hanama’ulu, construction of a rock wall bearing a

welcome sign and a cement curb around the lot.

The proposal also calls for

landscaping on the oceanside of Hanama’ulu Beach Road and construction of a

rock wall to replace a wooden sign bearing the name of Peter Rayno Sr.,

namesake of a county park in Hanama’ulu.

Rayno was a longtime Hanama’ulu

resident who coached youth teams in the 1950s when there were no public sports

programs on the island, according to committee member Eddie Sarita.

As part

of their effort to upgrade the electrical system and to help beautify

Hanama’ulu town, Kaua’i Electric has agreed to remove an electrical substation

by the landscaping project site.

The beautification project is aimed at

encouraging Hanama’ulu residents to work together for the good of the

community, Sarita said.

“There are 3,000 people who live here. When it is

completed, it will instill pride,” he said. “The community will take

ownership.”

Sarita said the work should start in the middle of November and

be completed by the end of the year.

The project is being funded with up to

$20,000 from the county’s Ho’olokahi project, Kauai Power Partners, which is

developing a power plant in East Kauai, and Kaua’i Electric, Sarita

said.

Amfac is expected to donate equipment for the project, he

said.

He said he hopes the work will spur residents, organizations and

businesses to work and fund other public improvement projects at Laukona Park,

Wiliko Park and Hanama’ulu Beach Park.

“We want to make people aware that

we have recreational assets that need attention,” Sarita said. “And that they

can play a significant part in keeping these areas in good

condition.”

About 40 people attended the meeting. Before it adjourned, a

dozen people volunteered for the project, Sarita said.

The committee that

drafted the plan includes Stan Oana Jr., Linda Salvador and Peter Rayno Jr.,

son of the man after whom the park was named and a surveyor for Lihu’e

Plantation Co.

The latest project is among several projects that have been

implemented through the Ho’olokahi program, started in 1995. So far, volunteers

have beautified a parcel in Wailua Houselots. Volunteers also plan to install

an automatic sprinkler system in the Hanapepe Cliffside area.

Staff

writer Lester Chang can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 225) and [

HREF=”mailto:lchang@pulitzer.net”>lchang@pulitzer.net]

Staff photo

by Dennis Fujimoto

EDDIE SARITA, director of the Ho`olokahi program,

explains the process of beautifying the “7-11 Corner” to about fifty Hanamaulu

and Lihu`e residents who turned out at the Kalepa Village Community Hall

Thursday.

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