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One-lane closure on Kawaihau Road begins Monday

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For motorists who are either on or using Pelehu Road to get onto Kawaihau Road, Nunu Road will be used as a detour. Photo Courtesy: County of Kaua‘i

A portion of Kawaihau Road and Pelehu Road in Kapa‘a on the East Side of Kaua‘i will be closed from Monday, Feb. 6, to Friday, Feb. 10, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The one-lane closure and detours for Pelehu Road and Kawaihau Road is necessary for clearing and grubbing, roadway excavation, sidewalk construction, and roadway construction, according to the County of Kaua‘i Department of Public Works and Grace Pacific LLC.

Kawaihau Road will experience temporary traffic shift and road narrowing. Motorists are advised to expect brief and occasional delays, and to exercise caution and drive slowly when commuting through the work area.


Pelehu Road will be closed from Kawaihau Road to Nunu Road. Traffic is limited for residents in the closed roadway area. “Local traffic only” signs will be installed to inform motorists.  

For motorists who are either on or using Pelehu Road to get onto Kawaihau Road, Nunu Road will be used as a detour. Additionally, barriers will also be installed that restrict traffic onto Pelehu Road as you turn in from Kawaihau Road.

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 5-way intersection of these three roads and for people using multiple modes to travel efficiently and safely through Kawaihau Road, Hau’a’ala 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 project has an estimated completion date of October 2023.

Dates and times are subject to change depending on weather and other factors.

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

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