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On-site work continues to improve conditions at undeveloped area of Laniakea

HALE‘IWA -- Work will be continuing this week as part of an initial effort to increase safety, provide better beach access, and improve traffic conditions along undeveloped land across from Laniakea Beach.

Last week, crews from the City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation cleared the brush land on the mauka-side of Kamehameha Highway to allow access for a contractor to install a fence delineating City-property from the adjacent pasture land.

The installation of the fence is scheduled to begin tomorrow, with approximately 1,200 linear feet of chain link fencing being installed near the edges of the undeveloped area and the City's property further mauka.

"The installation of the fence on the City's property is part of a larger, long term plan under the State Department of Transportation to improve traffic and pedestrian safety along this stretch of highway," said Mayor Kirk Caldwell. "I am encouraged that the plan is moving forward as this is a very heavily trafficked area, and we need to make it safer and more welcoming for surfers and beach goers."

During the construction of the fence, parking near the construction access point will be restricted. The fence installation is scheduled to be finished by the end of the month.

For many years various solutions have been discussed on how to make these improvements to the popular surfing spot and tourist destination.

Other interim solution measures may include:

  • Guard rails along the mauka shoulder of the highway adjacent to City property
  • Minor surface improvements to the area historically used for beach parking and traffic controls.
  • The installation of crosswalks and appropriate signage near the entry and exit points of the mauka parking lot; to facilitate the safe passage of pedestrians across Kamehameha Highway.

Interim measures may be in place for at least one year, unless unsafe conditions arise in this area that require further action.

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