Da Shadow: Vehicle registrations, speed on Moanakai Road

w 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.


What is the current count of vehicles on the island for 2015, 2016 and current?

The County of Kauai is only able to provide the total number of registered vehicles on island. The state’s vehicle registration system is administered by the City and County of Honolulu on behalf of the state. Registration data is collected by the state and reported to the counties annually. Therefore, we are unable to provide a year-to-date total for vehicles registered this year. The 2017 registration totals will be provided to us in January of 2018. The 2015 and 2016 vehicle registration data is included below:

Year Passenger Truck Motorcycle Trailer Total

2015 76,202 4,032 1,713 3,398 85,342

2016 75,979 4,147 1,625 3,444 85,195


The posted speed limit is 20 miles per hour on Moanakai Road, the one-way road by Fuji Beach (Baby Beach). Please look into whether a speed reduction is warranted to improve public safety in this area.

The county has no plans to further reduce the speed limit on this road. When the shared-use path was created on Moanakai Road, the portion from the south terminus to the Panihi Road intersection was converted to one way, and additional traffic-calming measures, signage and pavement markings were established to improve safety for all users of the path and roadway.


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


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