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Construction for Kapaʻa Streets Project to Begin Next Week

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About 20 people attended the blessing for the Kawaihau-Hau‘a‘ala-Mailihuna Complete Streets Project in Kapa‘a on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021.

“Mahalo to Grace Pacific, the Department of Public Works, and our community for helping to make this project come to fruition,” said Mayor Derek SK Kawakami. “I have walked this area countless times with my daughter Hailee when she attended Kapa‘a Elementary School. This improvement will help to slow vehicles down, keep traffic flowing smoothly, avoid confusion amongst drivers, and will increase the overall safety of this area.”

In addition to the five-way intersection of Kawaihau Road, Hau‘a‘ala Road, and Mailihuna Road, safety improvements include new concrete sidewalks fronting Kapa‘a Elementary School, Kapa‘a High School and St. Catherine School, new bus shelters, and flashing beacons at crosswalks.


“There will be temporary inconveniences as is necessary when making improvements of this magnitude, and we thank the community for your patience and understanding as our contractors get to work,” Kawakami added.

Additionally, the Department of Public Works and Grace Pacific LLC., are announcing that the first phase of construction for the Kawaihau-Hauʻaʻala-Mailihuna Complete Streets Project is set to begin on Oct. 11, 2021, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The scope of work consists of grading, demo, installation of BMP’s, drain line, waterline, and sidewalk construction in the vicinity of the Hau‘a‘ala Road, Kolohala Road, Mailihuna Road, and Kawaihau Road intersections. This phase of the project is expected to be completed by Jan. 30, 2022.


Lane closures are scheduled for this phase of work on Mailihuna Road, and motorists are encouraged to allow for extra travel time when driving near the work area and to follow all construction traffic controls. Motorists are advised to exercise caution when commuting through the work area.

For questions or concerns, call Marie Poynter of Grace Pacific, LLC. at 808-699-4654.

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