Parks and bus stop in need of work

Editor’s note: Old-timers might still remember the introduction from The Shadow radio program: “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!” Jerome Freitas, a retired state Department of Transportation worker who is now better known as The Shadow, since 2004 has been meeting with government representatives about problems he has discovered or that have been reported to him, and reporting the county’s responses.

Hanama‘ulu Beach Park

The Shadow: There are large potholes in the roundabout area leading to the pavilion. When will they be filled?

The County: Parks and Recreation will have this pothole filled immediately and complete this task by May.

The Shadow: What is the plan for the old pavilion?

The County: The existing old pavilion at Hanama‘ulu Beach park is located within the State Land Use Conservation District. As such, a Conservation District Use Permit (CDUP) for the old pavilion’s demolition and replacement is required to be submitted to the state Department of Land and Natural resources for review and approval. A design consultant will need to be procured for this work once funds are available for this purpose.

Kapahi Park

The Shadow: The ADA signs are gone now. When will they be replaced?

The County: Signs have been installed near the comfort station on the side of the road shoulder. A walkway connects the parking area to the comfort station and the playground for ADA accessibility.

Kalawai Park  

The Shadow: The public has concerns about the upkeep of the bathrooms. They are often out of toilet tissue. Can this be addressed?

The County: The issues raised in the maintenance of the Kalawai Park restrooms will be raised with our Westside Maintenance supervisor to be immediately addressed and corrected with Parks and Recreation’s Kalawai Park maintenance workers.

Bus Stop  

The Shadow: There is a bus stop at Olohena and Puuopae roads that is used by children going to school. There is no shelter or even a bench. Can there be some improvements to this bus stop?

County: Because this is a school bus stop and not a county bus stop. We can share this concern with the Kaua‘i District school transportation officer.

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