Da Shadow’s Corner: Anini Beach Park

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.

Anini Beach Park

Some of the permanent/cement tables were removed. Where did they go? Why?

The cement tables were in disrepair so they were removed and will be replaced them with wood tables. This will be part of the park renovation that is slated for 2016.

Maalo Landfill

Has an EIS on the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) been completed?

The MRF is in the EA and preliminary design phase which should be concluded by next year.

Kaneka Street, Puhi

As motorists on Kaneka Road approach the Puhi Road intersection, there is no sign to warn them of the dedicated turn lanes. Can one be placed here?

Public Works will investigate this concern and respond accordingly.

HoKua Place, Kapaa

What is the status of the proposed subdivision in Kapaa, HoKua Place?

It is our understanding that the project is in the final stages of the EIS process and is under review of the state OEQC. From there, the proposal will go before the state Land Use Commission.

Hanamaulu Road

Is it possible to put speed bumps on Hanamaulu Road near King K/Peter Rayno? People tend to speed along this road.

Hanamaulu Road is classified as a Collector Road. As such, HRS does not allow this type of traffic calming device. However, this road is a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) project, which will employ many of the same traffic calming devices as Hardy Street near Wilcox School, such as additional sidewalks, bicycles lanes and raised medians to make the roadways safer and more accessible for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists alike.

Ahukini Road, Lihue

There are large potholes on Ahukini Road near the transfer station. Is this county or state property?

We believe this is state jurisdiction, but we are looking into this concern. We will notify state DOT of this concern, if applicable.

Kilauea Ag Farm, Kilauea

What is the update of the Kilauea Ag Farm? Is there sufficient water to support such a project? Where/what is the water source? If anyone would like to get involved — who should they call?

The project is now called Kilauea Community Agriculture Center (KCAC). Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. has entered into a Stewardship Agreement with members and farmers of the Kilauea community who have formed a non-profit organization, Aina Ho’okupu O Kilauea, to manage the KCAC. Anyone interested in getting involved may contact George Costa at the Office of Economic Development at 241-4946 or gcosta@kauai.gov.

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

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