Opaekaa, Lydgate heiaus

Editor’s note: 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.


Opaeka‘a and Lydgate heiaus are overgrown with weeds. Who is responsible for maintaining our heiaus?

Both the Poli‘ahu Heiau at Opaeka‘a and Hikina‘akala Heiau at Lydgate are considered part of the Wailua River State Park, under the jurisdiction of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of State Parks.


What will the county do with the old buses? Will they be sold to the public?

All county assets must be formally disposed of through the county auction, which is held periodically by the Purchasing Division. The next auction, anticipated this fall, will list several buses for sale. Once the auction date is determined, a public announcement will be posted.

Hoolako Road

On Hoolako Road heading toward KPD, does Public Works plan to repaint the centerline from the bus depot to the intersection, including the crosswalk?

Hoolako Road is not a collector road, so we do not have plans to repaint the centerline at this time. However, the crosswalk between KPD and courthouse will be addressed.

Kalawai Park

Is there a plan to repave the basketball courts at Kalawai Park in Kalaheo? It is in disrepair.

DOPR is on schedule to resurface the basketball and tennis court at Kalawai Park this fiscal year.

Soccer field

The soccer field at Lydgate Park needs a new goal. The current goal is rusted and broken.

Staff will investigate this and follow up accordingly.

Meat processing facility

What is the status of the meat processing facility that OED has previously discussed?

OED is not pursuing this facility at this time. The feasibility study and business plan that was created during this project have been embraced by our local slaughter facilities and they are now pursuing expansion of their businesses to include larger chill and processing areas to accommodate marketing to local Kauai markets.

Lawai Beach Resort

Public Works has installed plastic barriers at Lawai Beach Resort entrance. What is the purpose of these barriers?

The county did not install these barriers. The location of the barriers are on Lawai Beach Resort’s privately owned property, and were installed to control unpermitted parking.

Jerome Freitas can be reached at theshadow96751@gmail.com or (808) 635-3528.


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