Taking a look at the Eastside

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 Da 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.


Shadow: Japanese graveyard road — is there a plan to repave this? There is overgrown grass along the county’s right of way.

County: Overgrown grass will be addressed within the next two months.

Hauaala Road/Laipo

Shadow: There is overgrown vegetation in and around the ditch near this intersection. When can it be scheduled for maintenance?

County: This will be addressed by the end of the year.

Kapaa New Town Park

Shadow: Status check on boulders/signage at Kapaa New Town Park one-way street/driveway. Will this be completed by the end of February as promised?

County: The boulders have been removed and the signage is scheduled for installation in first quarter 2014 pending other pressing needs.

Kealia Road

Shadow: The crosswalk “pedestrian crossing sign” is down across from the Post Office.

County: A work order has been generated with Public Works and they will address it as soon as possible.

Keapana Road

Shadow: When was the last time PW inspected the Keapana Swinging Bridge?

County: Inspections have been completed in July and August of 2013 for the Hanapepe and Keapana swinging bridges. PW Building and Roads are teaming with completing the necessary repairs per the findings of these inspections. Longer term needs will need to be funded in the upcoming FY 15 budget.


Jerome Freitas can be reached at theshadow96751@gmail.com or 635-3528. Visit his website at http://theshadow96746.tripod.com.


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