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Senator Inouye Settles Round Top Drive Landslide Dispute

Sen. Daniel Inouye, accompanied by Mayor Mufi Hannemann, left, marches up Round Top Drive. Sen. Daniel Inouye, accompanied by Mayor Mufi Hannemann, left, marches up Round Top Drive.
Leinaala Lopes Leinaala Lopes

(KHNL) - Hawaii Senator Dan Inouye promised the people on Round Top Drive that a temporary fix to the road would be completed within six months.

"If you wanna make this road passable, if you wanna see residents remain here, it has to be fixed," said Sen. Inouye. "It's not a question of should we or should we not. Unless you wanna close this up and just have a mountain here."

With the recent heavy rains, the road and homes in the area have been victims of numerous mudslides. The city closed a part of Round Top Drive on April 2nd.

Residents say living there has been like a nightmare.

"It's like every night, we have to leave one car outside of the valley in case we have another wash-off," said Leinaala Lopes.

Lopes says it's also been frustrating, dealing with the city and state on who's going to fix the problem.

"If we needed the roads to be fixed, they said that's the city road, and the city would say that's the state's road," said Lopes. "We just going back and forth between them. Now our senator said he's gonna see to it that they both do it."

"I think so he came here and put a bug up they're you know what," said Lopes.

Inouye said he'll get federal funding for the $1 million temporary fix.

Officials with the city and state said a permanent fix is in the works. It will take several years, and is estimated to cost between $13 and $20 million.

"We're still rounding out those costs," said Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann. "We're working together with the state and helping us make sure that the slope is stabilized and we're gonna do our part on the road."

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