Traffic Alert for Sunset Beach Tomorrow February 15

14 02 2018
Sunset Beach Date Palm Trees

Date Palm Trees at Sunset Beach -Photo Courtesy of the City and County of Honolulu

The City and County of Honolulu will be conducting an emergency removal of seven Date palm trees fronting Sunset Beach Park on Oahu’s North Shore, which will require the closure of the makai lane of Kamehameha Highway for most of the day tomorrow, Thursday, February 15, 2018.

The lane closure is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. between Ke Nui Road and Hoalua Street on Kamehameha Highway.

Tree removal crews with the Department of Parks and Recreation Division of Urban Forestry (DUF) will be working with the Honolulu Police Department to help contra flow traffic around the lane closure. This single-lane closure is expected to have a significant impact to traffic along this corridor.

The decision for the emergency removal of the trees was made by the Certified Arborists at DUF after they determined the continual undermining of the palm trees by erosion made them a hazard to the general public and motorists. Despite the palm trees being located on the makai-side of Kamehameha Highway, compromised palm trees can fall in any direction once there are structurally unsound.

DUF crews plan on removing the top and middle portions of the palms, leaving about four feet of the tree trunks and roots in the ground. This is so the roots of the tree can further help to reduce the impact of the beach erosion, while immediately reducing the potential danger to the public.

Beach erosion at Sunset Beach Park became more severe during the beginning of this winter surf season, when researchers described the large 20-foot drop-off at the beach park as “unprecedented.” In December 2017 several measures were taken to immediately mitigate the erosion damage and protect public facilities. That included removing the Ocean Safety storage shed, relocating the lifeguard stand, relocating the bicycle path, and restricting parking and pedestrian traffic along the eroded areas.

Since that time, some of the sand that was washed away by a series of large northeast swells has returned, but a significant drop-off still remains.

The city, state partners, and researchers are continuing to monitor the situation and take necessary action to keep the public safe. Most recently, staff with the Department of Facility Maintenance removed additional debris from the former bike path on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

The City and County of Honolulu appreciates the community’s understanding as these measures are being done to ensure public safety.

Weight Restriction on the Paumalu Stream Bridge Returns to 25 Tons

31 05 2016

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) announced it has increased the vehicle weight restriction on the Paumalu Stream Bridge to vehicles weighing up to 25 tons. The Paumalu Stream Bridge on Kamehameha Highway is located between Paumalu Place and Ke Nui Road, near Sunset Beach.

Crews have installed concrete collars around support columns to expedite the allowance of a 25 ton weight restriction. Damage to the columns earlier this year prompted precautionary measures in an effort to prevent additional damage. Vehicles weighing more than 25 tons remain prohibited from crossing the bridge at any time. Compliance is required to maintain the structural integrity of the bridge.

Crews are now moving a waterline to allow for installation of Acrow truss structures to provide support to the bridge deck and columns. The installation is scheduled to begin next week. The repairs will allow HDOT time to plan and design a permanent project to replace the existing bridge.

The 24/7 lane closure will remain in place through the end of July, however crews are expediting the work and will re-open the lane sooner if possible. The lane closures will alternate between the inbound and outbound lane depending on the construction schedule. The remaining lane will be contraflowed to maintain access over the bridge. Flaggers will be located on both sides of the bridge to assist traffic flow. Emergency vehicles responding to a call will be given priority access.

Since the 24/7 contraflow lane began Wednesday, May 25, drivers have experienced a 20 – 30 minute delay when traveling through the area. HDOT crews are monitoring traffic conditions and flaggers will adjust to allow more vehicles through depending on the volume. In general, flow in the peak direction will be prioritized. HDOT thanks the community for its patience as we make these necessary repairs.

HDOT will continue to issue notifications of work on this bridge and will alert the public of lane closures through the HDOT roadwork website at:



Paumalu Stream Bridge Weight Limit Reduced as Safety Precaution

8 03 2016

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) advises Oahu motorists of reduced weight restrictions on the Paumalu Stream Bridge on Kamehameha Highway, located between Paumalu Place and Ke Nui Road, near Sunset Beach. The bridge was originally constructed in 1929 and underwent emergency reinforcement of concrete supports in November 2014.

A recent inspection found spalling deterioration on some of the bridge’s concrete support pillars. As a precautionary measure, the bridge weight limit has been reduced from 25 to 15 tons.

The speed limit over the bridge remains 25 miles per hour. Access for two-way traffic and emergency vehicles will remain normal. Portable message boards have been set up to notify motorists approaching the bridge area. Motorists are urged to follow all weight and speed restrictions and to heed signage posted in the area.

Vehicles weighing over 15 tons are advised to avoid travelling over the Paumalu Stream Bridge. HDOT has coordinated an operational plan with the City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services and Oahu Transit Services to maintain bus service to the area with reduced weight restrictions.

Sunset Beach Elementary teacher seeks help in national contest – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL

6 03 2015

Vote for Sunset Beach Elementary School in the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation’s “Teach for the Planet” challenge, which provides an opportunity for funding of innovative environmental and sustainability classroom projects. Click here to vote.

Sunset Beach Elementary teacher seeks help in national contest – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL.

North Shore: Key Projects to Date

29 01 2014


Due to the lack of maintenance for many years, the silt has built up and created islands within the stream bed.  The build-up is so heavy that coconut trees that are forty feet high are growing in these silt beds.  Council Chair Martin has been requesting funding to dredge this stream for the past three years. In fiscal year 2013, Chair Martin proposed a budget bill line item  for $350,000 to plan and design the extraction of the silt and vegetation that impedes this critical streamway. The funding was approved and the project is moving forward.

Sunset Neighborhood Park

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADue to the soil condition under the courts at the Sunset Neighborhood Park, the City’s administration was reluctant to re-pave the tennis and basketball courts for many years. The residents often voiced their displeasure about the lack of maintenance and not being able to use these courts. Finally in 2012, due to Council Chair Martin’s persistence, these courts were re-surfaced and re-striped.  The residents and community are actively using them.

Kahuku Elderly Housing

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACouncil Chair Martin was instrumental in having the agreement and RFP for the management of this facility being put out to bid.  This allowed a new non-profit to in-fuse additional funding for needed repair, renovation and up-grade of these living facilities. Shown here are the new management with Council Chair in front and in a newly renovated unit.