Crews clear path for Honolulu's rail transit project

Alex Calbero
Alex Calbero
Scott Ishikawa
Scott Ishikawa

WAIPAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Crews started clearing the way for Honolulu's future rail line along Farrington Highway in Waipahu. About two dozen trees will need to be relocated, along with some utility lines.

Alex Calbero has lived across the street from Waipahu High School for nearly 45 years. He wasn't thrilled to find out that the new rail line would be built right in front of his home.

"I just thought there was going to be a lot of traffic before it's built," Calbero said.

"You're going to see the crews out there moving gas lines, water lines, electricity, telecommunications," explained Honolulu Rail Transit spokesman Scott Ishikawa. "All that has to be moved on the side so we can build the elevated guideway later this fall."

One lane of Farrington Highway will be closed in either direction between Waipahu Depot Road and the Kamehameha Highway Interchange. The closure will happen Mondays through Saturdays between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. for the next seven weeks. In about a week or so, crews will also work overnight from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Calbero is concerned about the noise, especially after some sleepless nights because of rail work done a few months ago.

"Lot of noise and they would drill till about 3 o'clock in the morning and it was high-pitched drilling sometimes," he said.

"What we're trying to do is do the noisier work during the day, and do the less disruptive work at night. One example is we can actually do trenching work and lay utility lines at night," said Ishikawa.

The relocation work will continue along the initial 6.5-mile section of the rail route between East Kapolei and Pearl City.

For updates on work days and times, go to or call 566-2299.