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MAYOR ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO HAWAII KAI STREET LIGHT PROJECT

(Friday, Sept. 18, 2009)—Mayor Mufi Hannemann announced today that the City has modified plans to replace street lights on Lunalilo Home Road and elsewhere in Hawaii Kai. The changes will address community concerns while saving electricity and money.

Lights on Lunalilo Home Road will be replaced from Kalanianaole Highway to Wailua Street, using 100-watt high pressure sodium fixtures with flat lenses, rather than 150-watt fixtures as originally planned. This is expected to save $63 per light each year. Wiring will be installed under ground, as originally planned.

This will improve visibility and safety in a mixed-use area that includes Kaiser High School, a fire station, churches, a library and the Koko Marina shopping center. Trees will also be trimmed in the area to optimize street lighting effectiveness.

The planned replacement of additional lights in the mainly residential portion of Lunalilo Home Road, from Wailua Street to Hawaii Kai Drive, has been deferred until such time as the City can no longer properly maintain the existing street lighting system there. The existing overhead wiring will be retained.

Also deferred is the planned replacement of lights on Wailua Street, from Lunalilo Home Road to Keahole Street; on Keahole Street, from Wailua Street to Kalanianaole Highway; and on Hawaii Kai Drive, from Keahole Street to Kalanianaole Highway.

Hannemann informed the community of the changes during a meeting last night at the Koko Head District Park gymnasium.

He left open the possibility of revisiting the project if the community should request that.  Hannemann also made it clear that he could not guarantee funding would be available in the future, however, and that there may continue to be maintenance problems with the older light systems that are not being replaced immediately.

By a show of hands, a majority of those who attended last night’s meeting approved of the plan.

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Media contact: Department of Design and Construction Deputy Director Collins Lam, 768-8480