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On the Issues:

Transportation & Infrastructure

Driveable, bikeable and walkable—give people the choice. There needs to be a focus on improving current roads, bridges and other infrastructure while adding transportation options to meet the needs and demands of everyone. A lot of federal funding and grants are available, but the key is bringing the right individuals together and creating a solid plan to secure these funds.

As Mayor, I’ve worked with people from across the county, state, country and world. It’s important to meet face-to-face with the individuals that can help us secure the resources we need as a county (or state). I’ve set footprints as part of my Holo Holo 2020 plan that are already underway to help modernize Kauaʻi County’s infrastructure.

Līhuʻe Town Core Mobility and Revitalization Program:

  • Improve and redesign roads for ALL users (cars, bikes, buses, pedestrians)
    • Addition of pedestrian and bike lanes on Rice Street
    • Shared-use path from Līhuʻe Civic Center to Kauaʻi War Memorial Convention Hall
    • Improvement to pedestrian and bicycle lanes on Ho‘olako Street
    • Convert Eiwa Street to a transit hub
    • Install sidewalks on Ho‘ala and Kalena streets
    • Addition of bicycle boulevard to Pualole and Malae streets
    • Expanded transit services for Līhuʻe Civic Center
    • Construction set to begin mid-2018
  • Took team to D.C. for face-time with U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) officials
    • Awarded highly-competitive TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant for $13.8 million from U.S. DOT
    • First time Hawai‘i received TIGER grant in 4 years
    • Result of teamwork and partnerships: community, Mayor’s Office, Planning Department, Public Works, County Council, State Delegation, Hawai‘i Congressional Delegation (Senators Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz; Representative Tulsi Gabbard), Hawai‘i on the Hill
  • Goals:
    • Complete streets and safe routes to schools
    • Encourage a more walkable, healthy and active community
    • Revitalize Historic Rice Street Business District
    • Create additional economic opportunities
    • Promote environmental sustainability

Kauai Bus Short-Range Transit Plan:

  • 5-year transit plan that will improve The Kaua‘i Bus and increase ridership
  • Result of Kaua‘i Transit Feasibility Study or "Kaua‘i Shuttle Study"
  • Contains detailed 5-year implementation plan that accounts for funding priorities
  • Plan Highlights:
    • Expand bus service and ridership
    • Solar-powered bus shelters for ALL bus stops
    • Reduced number of vehicles in county fleet by allowing employees to share vehicles
    • This fiscal year, double number of electric vehicles in county fleet and add more public charging stations at Līhu‘e Civic Center
    • Regularly host "Bike to Work Day"—county employees bike to work together

Elevated Boardwalk – Kawaihau Spur (Ke Ala Hele Makalae):

  • Create mauka-to-makai spur for people in the Kawaihau area
  • Secured $1.2 million in military labor from partnership with Department of Defense (DoD)
  • Partnered with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to fund materials
  • Same spur concept can be used in communities throughout the state by creating safe, well-lit paths

Kapa‘a Multimodal Land Transportation Plan:

  • Adopted by Kaua‘i County Council on January 30, 2013
  • Outlines steps that will be taken to achieve a balanced multimodal transportation system through 2035
  • Serves as plan for county roads and streets, public transit, bicycle facilities, pedestrian facilities, agricultural needs, and as a means to integrate land use planning with transportation system development
  • Designed to address critical issue of traffic congestion in Kapa‘a corridor
  • Funded by U.S. DOT, with funding administered through Hawai‘i DOT
  • Plan managed by County's Transportation Agency and closely coordinated with Hawai‘i DOT Land Transportation Plan for Kaua‘i
  • Plan is guided by Kaua‘i General Plan


I fully support the completion of the rail and would like to see it eventually reach the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, which should have been part of the original plan. Every county in the state has a vested interest in seeing the rail completed without further delays and without even more overruns on the budget. We need to be more vigilant watchdogs when it comes to the City and County of Honolulu and Honolulu Rapid Transit Authority (HART).

  • Demand transparency and accountability on funding and processes going into every aspect of rail project (on an ongoing basis)
  • Invite group of local contractors to the table to discuss what needs to be done to complete project within budget
  • Find interim solutions to O‘ahu’s traffic problem, especially for the west side and North Shore residents
    • Utilize more contraflow lanes in specific areas
    • Work with government agencies, schools and private sector to implement staggered work start/end times and telecommuting
    • Bring together experts (local, national, international) to discuss other traffic solutions

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