Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Good News, Bad News for Makaha Beach users

Rep. Maile Shimabukuro joined Jimmy Keaulana, son of legendary waterman "Buffalo" Keaulana, and Melvin Pu'u to publicly thank the City and County of Honolulu for replacing the makai showers at Makaha Surfing Beach. The bad news, however, is that you still have to cross a very dangerous highway to get to the only bathroom at the park. "People die and accidents happen all the time due to this," said Rep. Shimabukuro. "I've seen makeshift memorials at the beach from grieving family members." DOT's position is that realigning the road is not feasible and that it is too expensive.
"The community can't understand why the decision was made to crop a highway down the middle of the most popular beach on the coast,"Shimabukuro continued. "The highway's location is in contradiction to the Makaha Master Plan, which calls for the road to be located mauka of the halau."

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