Mixed Use Testimony Prepared by Ke Ala Hele Makalae

Download a high resolution JPEG of this photo here. Dr. Leilani Sim-Godbehere, DVM interviewed Dr. Becky Rhoades, DVM and director of the Kauai Humane Society early on Sunday morning September 24, 2006, as twenty-eight citizens enjoyed walking their dogs and riding on Kealia Cane Haul Road while gathering video testimony regarding a bill that was later heard before the County Council.

Five equestrians stayed on the separate equestrian path mock-up, while several bicyclists and pedestrians leading nine leashed dogs stayed on the pedestrian path mock-up. All the action and impressions were video taped as they passed each other on this narrow section of Ke Ala Hele Makalae, Kaua`i Coastal Trail. The public hearing for Bill 2195 was on the Council's agenda in November 2006, and the Equestrain Friends Branch of the Ke Ala Hele Makalae committee prepared written and video testimony to support the safe equestrian use of the 1.8 mile segment of the coastal trail that is designated in the Kapa`a-Kealia Bike & Pedestrian Path "Basis of Design Project” Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii Final Environmental Assessment, August 2003 to include equestrian facilities. The four mile long Kapaa-Kealia multi-use pathway is currently under construction. February 15, 2008 is the expected completion date for the 2.2 mile long section of path between the Lihi Boat Ramp and the Kealia Beach comfort station. Additional information on equestrian advocacy is available from Dr. Leilani Sim-Godbehere DVM at 808-368-5974 or Dr. Becky Rhoades, DVM at 808-639-0978. Kauai Path is a volunteer community organization with the vision of a multi-use path system from Ke'e to Polihale that will reflect our culture and be properly maintained.