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Kapa‘a lane closures coming Monday

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Portions of Mailihuna, Hau‘a‘ala and Kawaihau roads will be closed beginning Monday, the County of Kaua‘i Department of Public Works and Grace Pacific LLC have announced.

Temporary detours will be put in place from Dec. 12 to Dec. 30.

The intersection of Mailihuna Road, Hau‘a‘ala Road and Kawaihau Road will experience temporary traffic shifts and a new traffic pattern will be in place as construction of the new roundabout continues.

No road work will occur during the peak traffic times for school drop-off and pickup. However, there will be intermittent one-lane closures during the week to allow for road reconstruction at the roundabout.


Over the next few weeks, all northbound traffic on Mailihuna Road will be detoured through Kolohala Road, and Kolohala Road will only accommodate one-way traffic. The public is urged to exercise caution and drive slowly through the marked detour areas, particularly through Kolohala Road.

Ongoing construction of a roundabout will prompt the closure of three Kapa‘a roads beginning Monday, Dec. 12. Photo Courtesy: County of Kaua‘i

The project aims to construct a peanut-shaped roundabout, sidewalks, paved shoulders, and various other roadway improvements to help improve the safety and operations of the five-way intersection of these three roads and for people using multiple modes to travel efficiently and safely through Kawaihau Road, Hauʻaʻala Road, and Mailihuna Road located in Kapaʻa. This area contains St. Catherine’s School/Church, Kapaʻa High School, Kapaʻa Elementary School, Mahelona Hospital and Gore Park.

The roundabout portion of the project has an estimated completion date of December 2022. The project as a whole has an estimated completion date of July 2023. Dates and times are subject to change depending on weather and other factors.


Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Junard Mata of Grace Pacific LLC, at 808-694-9784.

The Hawai‘i Department of Transportation has announced the following lane closures on Kaua‘i, for the week of Dec. 10 through 16:

  • Wailua (24/7 condition) – Right shoulder closure and narrowed lanes of Kuhio Highway in the southbound direction between mile markers 5.7 and 6.7, in the vicinity of Leho Drive and Kapa‘a Bypass, for the Kuhio Highway Short-Term Improvements.
  • Wailua – Alternating closure of both lanes of Kuhio Highway in either direction between Kuamo‘o Road and Kapa‘a Bypass Road for Kuhio Highway short-term improvements, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Northbound traffic will be detoured onto Papaloa Road. A single southbound lane will be open on Kuhio Highway between Kapa‘a Bypass Road and Kuamo‘o Road beginning at 8:00 a.m. Left turns will be allowed from Haleilio and Kuamo‘o Road intersections on a trial basis beginning Thursday, Dec. 1.
    Contra-flow will complete set up at the normal time of approximately 5:15 a.m. and will be taken down between Kapa‘a Bypass Road and Kuamo‘o Road at 8 a.m. Contra-flow will be taken down between Kuamo‘o Road and Kapule Highway beginning at the normal time of approximately 11:15 a.m. Wailua Bridge improvements may also take place during work hours in this area.

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