Da Shadow: Does county fund marathon? Kealia Beach to get pothole fixes

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.


Are any county funds used to support the Kauai Marathon? If so, how much are we providing for this event?

During its early years, the county did provide grant funding to the Kauai Marathon. However, the county has not provided funding to the event since fiscal year 2015, including this year.

How can someone register a used moped they purchased if they do not have the original registration or paperwork?

State Act 200, Relating to Mopeds, signed into law on July 5, 2016, states that, starting Jan. 1, 2017, all mopeds be registered with the state and pass an annual safety inspection.

In order to register a moped in Hawaii, an applicant must (1) provide a valid inspection certificate, (2) prove ownership, and (3) pay the appropriate fee (currently $37).

Ownership can be established in a number of ways, such as by providing previous Hawaii moped registration documents, ownership paperwork direct from a dealership or manufacturer, and/or by showing documentation that illustrates the transfer of ownership to the applicant.


The road markings when turning left onto Akahi Street from Hardy Street seem incomplete and inconsistent with the markings when turning left onto Elua Street from Hardy Street. Please clarify whether the markings are accurate or need to be corrected.

The current road markings are accurate.


The stop sign was recently stolen from the intersection of Kahuna Road and Kawaihau Road. Can this sign be replaced?

Yes, a work order has been created to replace this stop sign.

When will the Kealia Beach parking lot be graded or repaired with crushed coral?

The county Department of Public Works Roads Division recently completed repair work to the parking lots at Haena Beach Park, Hanalei Black Pot and Anahola Beach. Repair work for the Kealia Beach parking lot is scheduled for next month.


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


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