I am one of the biggest proponents of the multi-use use trail on Kauai's east side.
I am flabbergasted and blown away at the incompetence of the construction of the Kawaihau Rd. Hundley heights-up to Mahelona leg of the trail. The construction has been ongoing since Memorial day and is now considered complete.
The problem is two hundred feet are complete from Mahelona hospital down Hundley heights, another 200 feet are complete at the bottom of Kawaihau Rd from the beach, however there is a gap in the middle with broken asphalt and dangerous trail conditions.
I asked one of the construction workers last week when the two parts of the trail would connect, he shook his head and said,"the project ran out of money for this particular section the trail."
Please Mr Mayor, Please county council, why stop construction when it's 2/3's complete, please do something about this?
This latest leg of the trail reminds me of Alaska's bridge to nowhere along with a Sara Palin mentality.
Whats is going on?
I received a phone call from Lenny Rapozo the head of Kaua'i Parks and recreation and he explained what's going with the Hundley heights leg of the trail.
Lenny assured me the switchback construction would be completed by the end of the year. The reason they stopped the construction is the company doing the work wanted 3 million for the completion of the already surveyed switchback. Lenny said he could get the same work done for approximately one million by some defense company and thought that to be the best option.
I am paraphrasing what Lenny told me, even though it's federal monies the price-tag was to high and wanted to save money," this is the reason.
I understand saving money is a priority and appreciate Lenny's great efforts... It now makes total sense to me.
I sent this to Hawai'i news, and they did a story of my lead!