***Commentary*** A Proposed Solution To The Pahoa Roundabout Construction Traffic


Open letter to Mayor Billy Kenoi and the Hawaii County Council:

As of Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 2, Pahoa residents are adjusting to a new normal, detouring on the original Pahoa Village Road while the roundabout construction is underway on Highway 130. We are all going to have to learn how to plan for the traffic backup that is occurring as a result of this bottleneck that is happening at the ingress and egress to Pahoa Marketplace and also at the intersection of Pahoa Village Road and Kahakai Boulevard.

I would like to urge you to consider opening up the Railroad Avenue detour route you created last year when lava was threatening to inundate Pahoa Village Road.
While, as a small business owner in Pahoa Village, I would like to see more traffic flowing through town, I understand the frustration people are experiencing to be backed up on the highway as they approach Pahoa Village Road, having already experienced the Keaau Crawl on Highway 130 on their afternoon-evening commute. For those traveling to Hawaiian Beaches or Nanawale or down to Kapoho, it might provide a great relief to have another option to get home. This may alleviate the urge to kick the dog, after a long day and a lot of commute time.
Please consider opening up Railroad Avenue between HPP and Nanawale — it’s the right thing to do.
Tiffany Edwards Hunt

3 replies
  1. Jay Turkovsky
    Jay Turkovsky says:

    Thank you so much Tiffany for writing almost my exact words as I sat in the “New Crawl” for over ten minutes to get from the BBQ joint past the light heading into town. I chose that alternative as opposed to taking Kahakai to get back to Hwy 130 after seeing 19 cars coming out of Pahoa make the turn headed in that direction.

    YES! Time is money, even if it is just us poor Puna people. Spending ones life in limbo because of some idiot Hwy Engineer in Honolulu is not American Justice. And yes, how could an emergency vehicle ever get to Hawaiian Beaches, Nanawale, or Leilani Estates?

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