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Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2013 12:45 am

LIHU‘E — The roundabout on Olohena Road in Kapa‘a is about to get a facelift, thanks to the efforts of the Kapa‘a Business Association.

After about a year of planning and fundraising, KBA is ready to start the beautification project and recently received a boost in the form of a $1,000 grant from the County of Kaua‘i.

“The Olohena Road roundabout is the first of its kind in the state, but since day one has been in dire need of sprucing up. Basically, it’s an eyesore,” said KBA Vice President Bob Bartolo. “We are thankful for the many partners who are coming together to create a work of art where there is presently just concrete.”

Students from Kapa‘a Middle School, under the leadership of Mary Lardizabal, are participating in the project by collecting recycled glass that will be used to create a raised ocean seascape on the roundabout.

Craig Hull of Kaua‘i Nursery and Landscaping has completed the design and will use the recycled glass to assemble the artwork.

Most of the project funding came from an $18,000 grant that KBA received from the State’s Transportation Enhancement Program in early 2012. KBA also donated $1,000.

The county’s portion is provided through a contract with the State Department of Health via the Advance Disposal Fee program. ADF requires importers to pay a tax on incoming non-deposit glass containers. The funds collected are used to develop programs to recover and develop local end uses for recycled glass.

“This is such a great project and the county is happy to support the beautification of the roundabout while promoting recycling at the same time,” said Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. “We applaud KBA for bringing the students and other partners together on a project we can all be proud of.”

Bartolo says they’re ready to start construction, but could still use monetary donations to create ceramic dolphins and turtles to enhance the seascape artwork.

“Anyone interested in supporting the project can call me at 639-8080,” Bartolo said.

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  • smvsse posted at 8:55 pm on Sat, Jan 26, 2013.

    smvsse Posts: 30

    You're right, Island Girl. I know the names and people aren't correct.

    TGI: Could you fix this even though it is the WEEKEND?..

    Aloha Steve in Kapaa

  • Island Girl posted at 1:34 pm on Sat, Jan 26, 2013.

    Island Girl Posts: 3

    Aloha, something's wrong with the names of the people in this picture....was it an oversight or deliberate? Or am I just not remembering names and faces?

    Mahalo, Pulehu

  • DebraKekaualua posted at 9:23 am on Sat, Jan 26, 2013.

    DebraKekaualua Posts: 263

    Not far from The Olohena round-about is the new clogged corridor that once was at Hanamaulu, then Kuamo'o, While the Wailua roads fronting cocopalms sees 40-50 mph traffic in a 25 mph posted zone, now what is occurring, are drivers using bypass to the roundabout and then back into the flow of traffic near the kapaa park/library merge. What a mess!!!

    Then, approaching Kawaihau, new signage crosswalk at a double intersection, that certainly will be ignored and where potential users WILL be at a dangerous risk trying to cross mauka towards Mahelona.

    Band-aids that work well, but too late for the amount of traffic that has escalated from 4 decades earlier, when attention to this issue should have been completed then. It is a losing battle and traffic woes will continue for the long term. Now, the potential for road rage, accidents, and killed pedestrians is a sad fact of this life on Kaua'i.

    Watching and waiting.


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