Da Shadow: Beach parking, bridge

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.

Kalapaki Beach parking lot

Please provide a timeline for the resurfacing, restriping of parking stalls, and ADA access for the parking lot between the entrance to the foot bridge near Duke’s Canoe Club and the Anchor Cove Shopping Center.

The Department of Public Works completed repairs to this parking area earlier this month and next we will focus on restriping.

Hanapepe pedestrian bridge

What is the current status of the Hanapepe pedestrian bridge that has been blocked off to the public?

The Hanapepe Swinging Bridge is open to the public. Regarding the Historic Hanapepe Bridge, we are currently in the environmental phase to rehabilitate this bridge and will be working with the State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD). In the meantime, there is a temporary walkway which allows for through pedestrian traffic.

Kealia Beach Park

There is a large pothole at the entrance to Kealia Beach Park. Can this pothole be filled, and are there any plans to repave the entire parking lot?

This pothole was repaired earlier this month. As previously explained, we do not “pave” this parking lot due to its close proximity to the coastal area, it is subject to the rules and regulations of the Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Act. The use of crushed coral for non-paved parking areas is the preferred method of repair and maintenance in this area, because it reduces runoff into the ocean.

Lydgate wastewater treatment plant

The hollow tile wall is damaged. When will this be repaired?

The wall repair at the Wailua WWTP is nearly finished, and the completed work addressed the safety and security concern. The next step will be to paint the wall.


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


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