Traffic-calming Not So Calm On Kihapai
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.