LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The road to Ha'ena and Wainiha on Kauai's north shore has been closed to traffic for weeks after several landslides made it impassable.
On Saturday, crews were able to clear and open one lane designated for emergency vehicles and disaster response teams.
Only emergency personnel will be permitted on the road, but the public will still be restricted from driving in.
Kuhio Highway was blocked by over a dozen landslides in a historic flooding event earlier this month, and at least two slopes needed to be re-stabilized.
Even though public travel isn't expected until May 7, the emergency lane is a much needed advancement for trapped families in need of supplies.
The emergency access lane required the installation of several temporary bridges in areas impacted by the landslides.
Meanwhile, Kauai county officials will be holding community meetings next week to provide concerned residents updates on recovery progress.
In attendance will be the mayor, county, state and federal agencies. They will discuss recovery plans and available resources.
Below is a schedule for the upcoming meetings:
- April 30: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Koloa Neighborhood Center located (3461 Weliweli Road in Koloa)
- May 2: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Anahola Clubhouse (3900 Kawelo Street in Kilauea)
- May 3: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Hanalei Elementary School, (5-5415 Kuhio Highway in Hanalei.)
"While the majority of our immediate relief efforts have been focused on helping our isolated residents in Wainiha and Haerna, we have not forgotten the surrounding communities who have also suffered immensely from last week's flood," Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr said. "I am committed to bridging our resources together to help our entire island heal and recover."