Da Shadow: Bus shelters, multi-use path

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.

Kapaa Neighborhood Center bus shelter

There is a concern with a homeless using the bus shelter as permanent shelter leaving the public with nowhere to wait for the Kauai Bus. Can this problem be addressed, or information provided as to who the public should call?

We understand that there is a growing concern with people using the county bus stops as shelters. There is currently no rule or law that prohibits this activity, but the administration is seeking a way to prohibit loitering and make the bus stops available to all users of the bus.

Ke Ala Hele Makalae multi-use path

The greenery surrounding the path seemed to have been invaded by buffalo grass or other weeds. Are there plans to clean this out to restore the landscaping or will the overgrowth be maintained as the permanent landscaping?

The beach is eroding and getting very close to the path at the end of the Pono Kai seawall that was recently constructed. What is the County’s plan to address this?

The rainy season can be a very challenging time of the year for our Parks and Public Works crews to maintain the landscaping along our public paths and roadways. Additionally, the Parks and Public Works departments respond to erosion near the Pono Kai seawall and other county beach parks as needed. Should either of these areas require immediate attention, the public can report concerns to the Mayor’s Office at 241-4900 for appropriate action.

Are there plans to construct a bus shelter near the skate park at the Mayor Bryan J. Baptiste Sports Complex?

Yes, the Transportation Agency and Department of Parks & Recreation are working together to obtain the federal approvals necessary to proceed with the construction of a bus stop passenger shelter near the skate park.


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

  1. steve ball November 13, 2017 5:16 pm Reply

    Why do we need Federal approval to build a bus stop/shelter?

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