Blessing held for Koloa roads project

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    From Left: Mayor Derek Kawakami, Richard Liberato, Michael Jauch, Mike Lingaton, Michael Moule, Alex Pascual and Troy Tanigawa take part in the Maluhia blessing, taking social distancing into account.

KOLOA – A blessing was held Thursday for the Maluhia Road and Koloa Road improvement project in Koloa, attended by a group exercising social distancing procedures and wearing masks.

“Mahalo to Goodfellow Brothers, the Department of Public Works, and to the community for your patience with this project,” said Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami.

The scope of this $21.7 million project – with $16.4 million in federal funding – include the following:

• Rehabilitation and resurfacing of pavement; pavement widening to provide 4- to 6-feet paved shoulders where possible on both Maluhia Road and Koloa Road;

• Reduce congestion and improve safety by adding a roundabout at the Koloa Road/Ala Kalanikaumaka Intersection and left turn lanes at other intersections and driveways; and

• Provide upgrades and safety improvements (replacement and new guardrails) to comply with federal and State design standards;

• Drainage improvements in the Tree Tunnel section of Maluhia Road.

The Project was conceived in calendar year 2017 and the Environmental and Design work began in January 2018.

In 2018, an initial community meeting was held at Koloa Elementary School to discuss design elements. In 2019 a follow-up meeting was held at Koloa Elementary School to discuss the final design. Most recently, on May 12, a virtual meeting with members of the Southside community was held to discuss construction and lane closure dates and times.

Road construction work is scheduled to start the first week of June; road closure dates and times will be announced.

  1. randy kansas May 26, 2020 5:27 am Reply

    looks like they are have a burial for the local economy….so many un-funded liabilities (retirement benefits) at the state and county level…

  2. Andy May 26, 2020 1:44 pm Reply

    Is that the Northern Leg or the Southern Leg?

  3. Dt May 27, 2020 3:05 pm Reply

    I wish the county would invest as much time if not more monitoring the spending as they do with the dog and pony show that is this ground breaking ceremony.

    How many contractors bid on this project? Is the price reasonable for the materials and labor? If other island contractors are not bidding, why? Are they too busy or does the county requirements make it prohibitive to bid? At the end of the year can we have a review of all county projects, the before, after, the effects (safety, economical, expansion, etc). Then retroactively determine if this was a good move.

    Visited Hanalei this past weekend. There is no way that project was worth over a million. Where is the accountability?

  4. Dt May 27, 2020 3:07 pm Reply

    Clarification. The new Hanalei bathroom was priced over 1 million.

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