Monday, Aug. 15, 2022 |
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Now that election time is almost here, I’d like to suggest to everyone to come
out and vote. Here are some suggestions on how to get to voting safely.
a senior citizen driver, I have learned not to turn from Koloa Road onto
Kaumualii Highway in a left-hand turn. The traffic coming down the hill from
Kalaheo does not “see” the hillside blinking danger signal. The drivers do not
see the intersection until crossing the bridge. Many drivers do not respect the
traffic speed sign in the area. I was traveling form Kalaheo some time ago, and
a person in a blue Honda did a slow entry into the highway at that
intersection, turning left, and I needed to stop very suddenly to avoid a
Have you ever tried to make a left turn from the Lawai Post
Office onto Kaumualii Highway during the 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. evening traffic? It
has become a very hazardous 35 mile an hour intersection. It is also hazardous
to turn from Oyama Road in either direction, as the traffic on Kaumualii
Highway, from Kalaheo, pass on the right side the vehicles turning into the
post office, and the hill is so short and rounded on the Lihu’e side, that it
is difficult to see the traffic coming from the Lihu’e side until it is almost
upon the driver.
So, many drivers make a right turn out to the post office,
and turn left on a “one” lane road through ha hillside at Akemana Road, as a
bypass to this post office traffic problem. Now, the traffic coming out of
Akemana Road is so heavy, that to turn into Akemana Road, sometimes up to five
cars have been lined up exiting the road to a left turn to Kaumualii Highway,
making the entry auto wait at the entry to the one lane road, on the highway,
obstructing the view of the exiting auto drivers. Sometimes as you drive down
Akemana Road, there are added drivers along the road, each time, the drivers
needed to pull into the weeds or into private yards to let each other pass on
the one lane road, in addition to having a “blind” corner to negotiate. This
road access would not be needed if proper highway signals were in place at the
post office, or an overpass were there to allow through-traffic to flow by the
Lawai Post Office.
Now, when you go to vote from Lawai area to Koloa, drive
a little slower, and safely. I notice that more traffic is also moving on the
Koloa Road past the Lawai Homestead housing area. I also notice that “seniors”
are now walking to the Lawai Menehune Market, post office and to the Lawai
General Store at the Old Lawai Cannery site, as well as occasionally some
citizen stumbles in the roadway between Koloa and Lawai, walking home in heavy
traffic from Koloa. With more and more tour buses and rental cars on the road,
could a bicycle-walk path be made along the Koloa-Lawai road? That would really
I am sure the traffic engineers have studied these traffic problems,
and will solve the traffic problems in the Lawai Town and area, slowing
traffic, providing turn lanes, placing stop lights so that traffic can flow in
a safe and continuous manner. Sorry, it’s too late for the voting on Nov. 7.
But, be sure to vote anyway, your vote does count.
I have to add, thank
you, traffic engineers, for working ton the Tree Tunnel exit to the Kaumualii
Highway. When the new access is completed, older citizens driving will not be
so likely to get rear-ended, or a cramp in the neck, along with the visitors,
looking for coming traffic on the highway on their way to Lihu’e and the
I hope these traffic tips are useful as you go and vote Nov. 7.
Anyway, be sure to vote. It’s an important freedom you should
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