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September 21, 2009

A Bright Idea?

John Fink John Fink

A recent community forum in Hawaii Kai about upgrading lighting on Lunalilo Home Road really brought out some bright points- pardon the pun. Some feel that additional lighting in the area is overkill, as it is primarily a residential area. Officials suggest that the antiquated lights in the area do not meet the needs of a 21st century thoroughfare that has a lot more traffic than it did when the lights when in back around 1970.

As a windward side resident, I remember the controversy over adding lights atop the Pali Highway many years ago. Some felt it ruined the ambience and clear views of the starlit sky. Others emphasized the need for safety in the area, especially after a horrible murder took place. The lights went in, but it seems like invariably a bunch  of them just don't work. I recall a transformer issue was blamed for a blackout years ago- and it took about five months to get a replacement... must have been a pretty special transformer shipped by canoe.

Lights have not only been out to and from the windward side recently, but also along the H-1 near Makakilo, Waipahu, and in other areas. Up until recently, there seemed to be almost quarterly reports of copper wire thefts along our roadways, and slow repairs. And even if Hawaii Kai does add replacement and/or additional lighting, who knows if it will actually be working above the road and down the road. Think about it...

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