Hanama’ulu power substation coming down; plans for beautification project begin

By Friday, the Kaua’i Electric Hanama’ulu substation on Kuhio Highway will be

gone.

Workers yesterday began disassembling the facility, which will no

longer be needed once the Lihu’e Energy Service Center is constructed near

Ma’alo Road in Kapaia.

During the planning process for service center

facility, Kaua’i Electric and Kaua’i Power Partners (KPP), the contractor which

will build the first-phase power plant at the center, made commitments to

remove the Hanama’ulu and Isenberg substations. They also agreed to participate

in beautification efforts with the county’s Ho’olokahi program and the

Hanama’ulu Beautification Committee.

KPP is participating in the Ho’olokahi

program’s beautification of the intersection of Kuhio Highway and Hanama’ulu

Road, near Peter Rayno Sr. Park, along with KE and Amfac Sugar Kaua’i.

The

first phase of this project includes landscaping and construction of two stone

walls welcoming people to Hanama’ulu, and replacing the park sign.

Work on

the beautification project is expected to start next month and be done before

the year is over.

At a Hanama’ulu Beautification Committee meeting earlier

this month, dozens of volunteers signed up to help with beautification

efforts.

Those attending the meeting also learned of KE’s plans to tear

down the Hanama’ulu substation, located next to JR’s Plantation

restaurant.

Staff writer Paul C. Curtis can be reached at 245-3681

(ext. 224) and pcurtis@pulitzer.net

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