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Kaua‘i County officials hold groundbreaking for Puhi Road Rehabilitation Project 

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On Tuesday, Kaua‘i County officials held a blessing and groundbreaking for phase 2 of the Puhi Road Rehabilitation Project.

Puhi Road Rehabilitation Project. (Photo courtesy: Kaua‘i County)

This phase of the project will continue the improvements from Kaneka Street to Haleukana Street. The scope of work includes road repaving, drainage improvements, restriping, updating signage, installing sidewalks, curbs, and gutters, and road widening to provide on-street parking in some areas.

“Since the start of our administration, our gameplan was simple – focus on infrastructure – fixing roads, creating jobs, and building homes,” said Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami at Tuesday’s blessing. “The Puhi Road Project excites us because it gets people to work. It gives our young people on Kaua‘i a good wage and improves the quality of life in the area. We are grateful for the community’s continued support to enhance the infrastructure of Puhi Road.”

The project’s general contractor is Kaiwa Construction, with Pacific Concrete Works, Jas W. Glover, Pacific Concrete Cutting and Coring, Statewide Safety Systems, Ali‘i Landscaping, and Harry Asato Painting supporting as subcontractors.


The total cost of the project is $7.5 million, which includes Federal Aid Project and County funding.

Work is slated to begin on Feb. 12, weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting.

As the project progresses, there will be traffic lane shifts on Puhi Road, from Kaneka to Haleukana Streets. Motorists are urged to use alternate routes and to expect brief and occasional delays. No road work will occur during the peak traffic times for school drop-off and pick-up.


Motorists are advised to exercise caution and drive slowly when commuting through the work area near the residents’ homes. The speed limit on Puhi Road is 25 mph.

The project is estimated to be complete by summer 2025. The first phase, which started at the intersection of Puhi Road at Kaumuali‘i Highway to Kaneka Street, was completed in 2018.

For questions or concerns, contact Dustin Cremer of Kaiwa Construction at 808-828-1157.


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