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Temporary Full Closures on Kūhiō Highway Scheduled Near Waikoko for Slope Stabilization

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The Hawai‘i Department of Transportation (HDOT) will temporarily close both lanes of Kūhiō Highway in Waikoko between mile markers 4.37 and 4.45 for slope stabilization starting next week.

The closures begin Wednesday, April 14 through Saturday, April 17, 2021. The work schedule will be from 9 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. During the temporary full road closures at Waikoko, workers will scale the hillside to remove loose material above the highway. Workers will be scaling at the top of the hour, starting at 9 a.m., working for 45 minutes, and will open the single lane to traffic for 15 minutes. They will continue in this pattern until 3:45 p.m., at which time work will end for the day.

Between mile markers 4.37 to 4.45 the road will be closed in intervals:

9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.


12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

The area will open after periods of closure to clear traffic from Waikoko:


9:45 a.m. – 10 a.m.

10:45 a.m. – 11 a.m.

11:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.

12:45 p.m. – 1 p.m.

1:45 p.m. – 2 p.m.


2:45 p.m. – 3 p.m.

The slope stabilization at Waikoko is being done to allow for the safe reopening of both lanes in the area.

Workers are aware of the afternoon access schedule for the scheduled access at Hanalei Hill (mile marker 1) and will accommodate the midday convoy as much as possible.

As a reminder, Kūhiō Highway at mile marker 1 (“Hanalei Hill”) is limited to scheduled times and single lane access by convoy. The schedule for public access at Hanalei Hill is:

Monday through Saturday

Morning access: 5:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. (Hanalei side goes first)

Afternoon access: 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. every day except Wednesdays (Princeville side goes first). Afternoon access was planned around Hanalei School schedule.

Wednesday afternoon access: 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Princeville side goes first)

Evening access: 5:45 p.m. to 11 p.m. (Princeville side goes first)

Sunday and observed State Holidays

5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Hanalei side goes first)

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