New Kapahulu Safeway Has Neighbors Concerned About Traffic

Amy Mizuno
Amy Mizuno
Brian Dowling
Brian Dowling

KAPAHULU (KHNL) - Kapahulu received a major shot in the arm Friday morning, with the opening of the largest Safeway store in the state.  Neighbors remain concerned the boost in business will make for dangerous traffic conditions.

A traditional island blessing helped issue in the grand opening of the state of-the-art Safeway.

The eager and the curious entered the multi-million-dollar supermarket for a look.

'It's the single largest investment in a new store in recent history," said Brian Dowling, Safeway Vice President.  "So, that should tell you something about our commitment to the neighborhood."

This Safeway truly is a one stop shop. Starbucks, sushi, postal service. It's all here.

But, the rush of customers means more street traffic. There's lots of parking.

But, neighbors fear the increased traffic will make the area unsafe, and perhaps, even keep people away from other nearby businesses.

''I think it's very unsafe. Even driving, especially at night because of these arrows," said Kapahulu neighbor, Amy Mizuno.  "You have to look carefully. But, you have to disregard some of these arrows.

"When Loves Bakery was here we had the same traffic," George Kelai, a Kapahulu neighbor said.  "Employees parked all over the street. So, it's coming back again."

''We're going to continue to work on the traffic issues as well," said Dowling.  "We're going to be doing a traffic study in a few months to look further into the issue and we'll be working closely with the community on this issue as well."

Special duty police officers will direct traffic along Kapahulu Avenue throughout this opening weekend.