Traf­fic-calm­ing Not So Calm On Ki­ha­pai

MidWeek Islander (Windward Oahu) - - Front Page - By CAROL CHANG

What started years ago as a group ef­fort to stop speed­ing on Ki­ha­pai Street has been slowed to a halt by the big­gest speed bar­ri­ers of all — bud­gets and bu­reau­cracy.

Ac­cord­ing to Ki­ha­pai Street res­i­dent Todd Hen­dricks, the city’s ini­tial traf­fic-calm­ing re­sponse in De­cem­ber 2001 was to in­stall the very lat­est weapons to com­bat speedsters (who take the Ki­ha­pai de­tour to avoid the crunch on Oneawa). Along the length of that street, it put in 14 bulb-outs, four speed ta­bles and a chi­cane (de­fined as a method of fun­nel­ing cars be­tween non­par­al­lel con­crete bar­ri­ers).

But some­thing went wrong along the way and it’s never been cor­rected, de­spite oc­ca­sional writ­ten prom­ises by the city Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion Ser­vices to fix “the ob­sta­cle course” that was paved with good in­ten­tions. Hen­dricks, a re­tired Kailua High teacher, pointed out in 2008 that “the bulb-outs are a nui­sance, and the fire trucks have a dif­fi­cult time re­spond­ing” — this from a lo­cal fire cap­tain who was his for­mer stu­dent. Those tow­ing boats also have

Manti Te‘o, a for­mer Kahuku High & In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dent (in lei), brought $10,000 worth of good news to the Red Raider foot­ball pro­gram Jan. 27, thanks to the NFL Match­ing Funds Pro­gram and his own do­na­tion of $5,000. At the school as­sem­bly and cer­e­mony with him were (from left) prin­ci­pal Pauline Masa­niai, Red Raider player Keala San­ti­ago, Te‘o’s mother Ot­tilia Te‘o (KHIS coun­selor) and vice prin­ci­pal Wal­ter San­ti­ago (Te‘o’s un­cle and a foot­ball leg­end him­self). Photo from Wind­ward DOE’s Jorene Barut.

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