Thursday, September 24, 2009

Lunalilo Lighting Project in Hawaii Kai Changed by Resident Protest

For several months, Hawaii Kai residents have been scrutinizing the county lighting project on Lunalilo Home Road, questioning cost benefits and the need for the extra illumination. The resident involvement has paid dividends, as Mayor Hannemann announced this week that the city has modified plans to replace street lights, will address community concerns, thereby saving electricity and money.

Lights on Lunalilo Home Road will be replaced from Kalanianaole Highway to Wailua Street, using 100-watt high pressure sodium fixtures with flat lenses, rather than 150-watt fixtures as originally planned. This is expected to save $63 per light each year. Wiring will be installed under ground, as originally planned. This will improve visibility and safety in a mixed-use area that includes Kaiser High School, a fire station, churches, a library and the Koko Marina shopping center. Trees will also be trimmed in the area to optimize street lighting effectiveness.

The planned replacement of additional lights in the mainly residential portion of Lunalilo Home Road, from Wailua Street to Hawaii Kai Drive, has been deferred until such time as the City can no longer properly maintain the existing street lighting system there. The existing overhead wiring will be retained. Also deferred is the planned replacement of lights on Wailua Street, from Lunalilo Home Road to Keahole Street; on Keahole Street, from Wailua Street to Kalanianaole Highway; and on Hawaii Kai Drive, from Keahole Street to Kalanianaole Highway.

This is at least the 2nd time this year that Hawaii Kai residents felt strongly about our community, and worked together to effect a change in government policy. (The first was to oppose shark tours in Maunalua Bay.)

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