Mauka Highway & Kolekole Pass Studies

Last updated 8/21/19

Mauka Highway Study:  OMPO. “On the Status of Waianae Coast Transportation Studies and Projects.” In response to House Resolution 160 (2002).

Kolekole Pass Study:  Ching, Lance. “Through Kolekole Pass: Using Lualualei Naval Road as an emergency access route.” In response to House Concurrent Resolution No. 223,H.D.1,(2010)

  • According to the Navy, two-way traffic on Lualualei Naval Road into and out of the leeward coast could not be conducted safely.  Further,the road can only support emergency vehicles and reasonably-sized motor vehicles — large vehicles(e.g.,buses, commercial vehicles, tractor/trailers, etc.) cannot be supported.  (note that this report occurred BEFORE 2011 when massive weather damages were sustained)

Research above was conducted by:

James Hamada/Casework Intern
Office of U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard
Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Federal Building
300 Ala Moana Blvd, Suite 5-104
Honolulu, HI 96850

Final Environmental Assessment: Waianae Coast Emergency Access Road, Waianae, Island of Oahu, Hawaii, April 2002  Waianae-Emergency-Access-Road-EA-2001

Note from Sen. Shimabukuro:  The 2002 OMPO Report above states that the City Department of Transportation Services (DTS) was planning to conduct a feasibility study regarding a proposed 2nd access route from Lualualei Naval Road to Kunia.  However, according to Mark Kikuchi of DTS, the City did not complete the study since the route’s requirements for dedication to the City were deemed unfeasible. News piece: Honolulu commuters sleep, eat in cars to deal with traffic

Sen. Maile Shimabukuro recalled an embarrassing event. She set out early for a committee meeting, but a traffic incident turned her 28-mile commute on the express bus from Nanakuli into a nearly five-hour saga. The bus driver gave up, making riders get out with more than 2 miles left on the route.

“I had to walk from the park, and I was already two hours late. It was the most horrendous thing ever,” Shimabukuro said.