Project designed to prevent flooding of Molokai homestead
The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and residents of Kapa’akea today celebrated the completion of work aimed at preventing flooding of the Molokai Hawaiian homestead community.
“When heavy rains hit this portion of Molokai, the flooding that occurs disrupts the lives of residents and causes a potential hazard for the entire community,” said Hawaiian Homes Commission Chairman Albert “Alapaki” Nahale-a. “The health and safety of homesteaders is a priority for the department and this work is designed to alleviate area flooding.”
The Rev. Roy Horner presided over the ceremony followed by a community gathering at the Mitchell Pau’ole Center.
“Today we join with the beneficiaries of Kapa’akea and the people of Molokai in celebrating another successful community partnership,” Nahale-a said.
DHHL Deputy Director Robert Hall, who was present at today’s ceremony, said that this drainage project has been over five years in the making. “The project itself is not a total solution but it does mitigate the problem,” he said.
The $200,000 project consisted of drainage improvements along the east and west drainageways and along Kapa’akea Loop within the Kapa’akea Subdivision, less than a mile east of Kaunakakai.
The work included clearing of brush and debris, grading, installation of temporary and permanent erosion control measures (turf reinforcement matting and grassing), and relocation of existing structures along the east and west drainageways.
The work also included removal and adjustment of existing asphalt concrete pavement and installation of new permanent traffic warning signs along a section of Kapa’akea Loop, where the east and west drainageways intersect Kapa’akea Loop. The project also reconstructed and provided smooth riding connection and transitions to existing driveways along Kapa’akea Loop.
This project will help protect 45 lots in the Kapa’akea Loop from potential flooding. “This is a simple project, but it’s important to help the homesteaders,” said Hall.
The construction contractor is Island Construction and Demolition LLC and project manager is David Souza. Austin Tsutsumi and Associates, Inc. is the design consultant.