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For Mar­cus Ben­der who has lived on Makiki Heights Drive for over 40 years, he has ob­served drift rac­ing at all hours.

“It’s ac­tu­ally all day, all night,” he said.

“You’re liv­ing in a race­way ba­si­cally where you hear (cars) screech­ing …,” Ben­der said ad­ding he has ob­served up to three ve­hi­cles, one be­hind the other, rac­ing on the road. “They use it as a race course.”

In ad­di­tion to drift rac­ing, area res­i­dents pointed out the 6- to 8-feet tall guinea grass on the road­side ob­structs the view for mo­torists at the curves on Tan­talus Drive. “You can’t see when you’re com­ing around the cor­ner,” Ben­der said.

The city Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion Ser­vices is ex­plor­ing ways to de­ter rac­ing in the area. A meet­ing was re­cently held be­tween trans­porta­tion of­fi­cials, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Tan­talus Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion, Makiki Heights Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion, Honolulu Po­lice Depart­ment, city Depart­ment of De­sign and Con­struc­tion, and Coun­cilmem­ber Carol Fuku­naga to ad­dress the is­sue.

In­stal­la­tion of traf­fic calm­ing mea­sures was sug­gested such as speed bumps and raised mark­ers known as Botts’ dots.

Speed bumps, how­ever, are not rec­om­mended for roads with curves and slopes un­der fed­eral guide­lines that the city ad­min­is­tra­tion must ad­here to.

Jon Nouchi, deputy di­rec­tor of the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion Ser­vices, has said Botts’ dots can cause more dis­tur­bances for the neigh­bor­hood with rum­bling noises when mo­torists drive over the mark­ers. They also tend to be slip­pery, es­pe­cially in wet con­di­tions.


Lec­tie Alt­man of Ka­neohe fin­ished first place over­all in the women’s cat­e­gory of the 2016 Iron­man Boul­der in Jan­uary. Alt­man was crit­i­cally in­jured while train­ing on Tan­talus Drive in Makiki Heights.

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