Work to begin on next phase of the Eastside coastal path

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The section of roadway where the next phase of the Eastside coastal path will cross near the Bull Shed restaurant in Waipouli, leading to the Kuhio Highway bridge at the Uhelekawakawa Canal, has marks indicating where utilities are located before excavation can start.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The Kuhio Highway bridge at the Uhelekawakawa Canal in Waipouli is obscured by mangrove and haole koa when viewed from a section of the planned next phase of the Eastside coastal path.

WAIPOULI — The county Department of Public Works and Cushnie Construction Co. announced the start of construction on the next phase of the Eastside coastal path.

“We could possibly start work as early as next week,” said Jeff Griffin of Cushnie Construction of the project that will connect the Uhelekawakawa Canal bridge at Kuhio Highway near Waipouli Beach to the existing path fronting the Sheraton Kaua‘i Coconut Beach.

Work currently being done on the bridge is not related to the path construction.

Construction will take place on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and is expected to take approximately nine months to complete. Dates and times are subject to change depending on weather and other factors.

The construction phase is budgeted at $1.1 million and funded through Federal Highway Administration funds.

“This path’s alignment was carefully vetted during the Special Management Area permitting process, and adjustments were made to minimize potential coastal erosions,” said Acting County Engineer Troy Tanigawa.

The next phase of the path is in line with the overall bike and pedestrian path project that addresses several needs and objectives, including:

• Improved safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and others using non-motorized modes of transportation;

• Increased choices among alternative modes of transportation;

• Greater connections among destination nodes;

• Enhanced access to natural areas, while minimizing impacts on sensitive ecosystems;

• Increased opportunities for recreation and physical fitness;

• Increased potential for economic activities associated with the use of the path;

• Implementation of bikeway proposals in the Kaua‘i General Plan and Bike Plan Hawai‘i.

For questions or concerns on the construction, contact Griffin at 645-0954.


Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or

  1. therealhawaiian February 24, 2021 9:08 am Reply

    Isn’t it nice to live in a Country with such a benevolent Government spending other peoples money for fun! Time to give Kauai back!

  2. CommonSenseish February 24, 2021 2:40 pm Reply

    Even in these times Kauai still likes to visibly show how we love to waste money. Kawakami is SOMETHING ELSE.

  3. Kōloa Man February 24, 2021 8:19 pm Reply

    Great news. It will be nice for the health and safety of our residents. Glad to know our leadership gained access to these Federal funds, bringing taxes back to Kauai. Also good to know our leadership is thinking about the long-term wellness of the island. Thank You.

  4. aj February 24, 2021 10:46 pm Reply

    Great news, bring it on! Hopefully someday the path will go from Lihue right through to Anahola- just for starters. I’ve been biking and walking the path for years but during this last pandemic year it was truly a nice little slice of peace and sanity (and exercise). Mahalo to all of those who originally envisioned the project and made it happen!

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