Da Shadow: Christmas tree recycling

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.


Where can you recycle your Christmas tree?

County officials are encouraging residents to recycle their Christmas trees. The trees must be bare and free of flocking, tinsel and ornaments when they are brought to the recycling locations.

Christmas trees are being accepted for recycling daily except on holidays at the green waste drop-off areas of the Hanapepe, Kapaa and Lihue refuse transfer stations from 7:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and at the Kekaha Landfill from 8 a.m. to noon and from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Hanalei transfer station is also accepting Christmas trees for recycling during its green waste hours daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. A drop-off point for the trees is also located on the west side of the main entrance to Kauai Nursery and Landscaping on Kaumualii Highway in Puhi seven days a week.

Please note that green waste sites are closed when weather is bad. For more information about the county’s recycling programs, contact the County Recycling Office at 241-4841 or log on to the county website, www.kauai.gov/recycling.

When is the first County Council meeting for 2018?

The first committee meeting of the Kauai County Council is on Wednesday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers located in the Historic County Building. The first full council meeting is scheduled for Jan. 10. For a schedule of upcoming meetings or for current information related to the Kauai County Council, please visit www.kauai.gov/council.


When is the next resurfacing project going to occur?

Resurfacing work is scheduled near Kahau Road in Kapaa on Thursday and Friday, weather permitting. On these days, the contractor Maui Kupono Builders will be resurfacing the parking areas of the old Kapaa Armory and the shoulder of Kahau Road from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

During the work, there will be no parking allowed along Kahau Road and no vehicle access through the driveway of the old Kapaa Armory. Motorists are advised to drive with caution in the area and allow for extra travel time. Anyone with questions can call the Public Works Roads Division at 241-4847.


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


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