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Q: I moved to Kaua‘i about 10 years ago and wanted to know how many police chiefs have there been for KPD? It seems like a lot have come and gone.
A: I asked around, but if anyone out there has more information, please let me know, I too am interested. This is what I learned going from the earliest (1950s) to the most recent: 1. Edward “Eddie” Crow, 2. Dewey Allen, 3. Roy Hiram, 4. Calvin Fujita, 5. George Fretias, 6. K.C. Lum, and 7. myself.
While not inclusive, there were also several temporary interim acting chiefs that I know of: Brian Fujiuchi, William Ihu, and Clayton Arinaga.
As you may know, the majority of my career was with the Honolulu Police Department, but back in 1976-1980 when I was a patrol officer with KPD, Chief Roy Hiram held the reins.
And just as a side note, of the 9 chiefs of police for the Honolulu Police Department (HPD), I worked for 5 of them: Chiefs Francis Keala, Douglas Gibb, Michael Nakamura, and Lee Donohue. Current Chief Boisse Correa was my Commander for Regional Patrol Bureau that encompassed rural areas such as Kaneohe-Kailua, Wahiawa-Haleiwa, Peal City-Waipahu, Kapolei and Waianae.
Q: Thank you for trying to slow down traffic a little. We live on a tiny street called Lanikai that connects Kuhio Highway with Papaloa Road. Visibility is limited toward the Wailua River and most cars accelerate from the Wailua Beach area as they proceed toward Kapaa.
Ultimately we need a stop light at that intersection as that is where many Restaurant Kintaro customers enter the highway and is the only intersection where all the tourists in the condos on Papaloa Road can turn left onto the highway. Now that there is an 85 unit apartment complex nearing completion, all those folks who head toward Lihue will have to turn left from Lanikai to the highway. Short term, speed control would be helpful. Long term, we need a stoplight. Thanks.
A: Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, I am very familiar with the area and do agree that visibility is limited. Moreover, coupled with the new apartment complex, there certainly will be a significant increase in the number of vehicles that traverses that area. Subsequently, there needs to be a concerted effort to make it safer for motorist and pedestrians alike.
I contacted County Engineer Donald Fujimoto who relayed the following: “A streetlight is planned to be installed at the Lanikai/Kuhio Hwy intersection. The state DOT has more specific information on the funding and scheduling of this work and can be reached at 241-3000.”
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Just as a side bar, about a week ago after work I parked my truck in front of my sister’s house in Kapaa to go for a bicycle ride. A day later my sister called and said her neighbor noticed that I was not from the area and wrote down my physical description and the license plate number of my truck. He then reported this to my sister and inquired if her home was burglarized. She then called to inform me on how vigilant her neighbor was. I told her to commend him for watching after her property.
I think it’s great that we still have neighbors who are willing to go the extra mile to take care of each other. Of course if anything had happened, I would have blamed it on my twin, Lt. Gov. James “Duke” Aiona.
• Darryl Perry is the chief of police at the Kaua‘i Police Department. Send your comments or questions to dperry@Kaua‘i.gov
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