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Ke Ala Hele Makalae Coastal Path Progress – Lydgate Park to Lihi Park – March 2013

Updated: Dec 28, 2023

Our Friend of the Path, Richard Sugiyama, provides historical perspectives on the construction of Ke Ala Hele Makalae over the years. These photos show work in progress along Moanakai Road, Papaloa Road and Kawaihau Road.

You can view completed sections of Ke Ala Hele Makalae Phase I (Lydgate Park) and Phase II (Kapaa to Kealia Beach) on Google Maps Street View. Much work has been done recently, and most noticeable are the construction sites at Wailua Bay and along "Baby Beach" (a.k.a. Waipouli Beach Park or "Fuji" Beach). Richard didn't photograph the Wailua Bay portion since there is no shoulder along Kuhio Highway to safely take photos.

Extensive path improvement is being made on Wana and Niulani Roads from Kuhio Highway to Keaka Road. This photo is at the entrance to Kapaa Shore Resort Condominiums (near Kauai Cycle) where the two-way road becomes one-way with the path.

The gravel base was being installed at the corner where Keaka Road becomes Moanakai Road. The view is looking toward Kuhio Highway.

Further along Moanakai, this is the view looking South at that corner.

Looking North from the same point, Moanakai has its asphalt surface removed in preparation for the changes to one-way with the path.

At the current South end of the existing path in Lihi Park, the concrete continuation has been completed to Moanakai Road.

Kawaihau Road Spur

There are now some way finding signs posted on the path, like this one indicating the crossing at Kuhio Highway and Kawaihau Road. Looking North is the first sign (above) and looking South (below) is the second sign.

The crosswalk has been painted and signals installed.

The path is completed up the hill to the old dirt trail.

Current end of the path.

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