• 23 Jan 2014 /  Uncategorized 2 Comments

    The acquisition the of right of way for highway projects is an ongoing
    issue for the State and County of Hawaii it seems.  Two projects come to
    mind; the second phase of the Mamalahoa Highway bypass and the final
    east side phase of the Daniel K. Inouye Highway.

    The Coupe family single-handedly held up the Mamalahoa  Highway bypass
    for 11 years. They fought the condemnation of  1,500 feet of their
    property all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The US Supreme Court
    declined to hear the Coupe’s petition, which ended their battle and
    paved the way for the county to acquire the necessary right of way for
    this much-needed highway.

    I’m deeply concerned the final east side phase of the Daniel K. Inouye
    Highway is facing the same fate. Three holdout landowners (Marvin
    Arruda, Richard Alderson and Rick Towill) refuse to convey part of their
    lands for this 5.7 mile highway. These parcels are located on the Puna
    side of the Puainako Street Extension and Country Club Drive.

    I’ve tried to ask the Land Transportation Division of the State Attorney
    General’s office where things stand with the right of way acquisition
    for this phase, but they refuse to acknowledge my e-mails and hide
    behind attorney-client privilege.  The Hawaii Department
    of Transportation response to my inquiries isn’t much better.

    The final east side phase of the Daniel K. Inouye Highway is currently
    unfunded.  I firmly believe its important to finalize the right of way
    acquisition, so this phase is shovel ready when funding is available.

    Aaron Stene

    Posted by Tiffany Edwards Hunt @ 8:43 pm

2 Responses

  • Hugh Clark Says:

    We should thank Aaron for continuing to serve as the eyes and ears on Big Island transportation issues. Too few are left who care. He may be best informed and aware on this island.

  • Errol Says:

    I hope Marvin, Richard and Rick stand their grounds. Its sad when you could care less for these property owners….

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