PHOTOS & VIDEO: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Hosts Nanakuli-Waianae Town Hall Meeting to Address Transportation Issues
On Wednesday night, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and Hawaiʻi State House Representative Andria Tupola hosted a Town Hall meeting in Nanakuli to address long-standing transportation issues that affect residents of the Waianae Coast every single day. Farrington Highway is the only way in and out of the community, and time and time again, it has been partially or completely shut down due to accidents, severe weather, flooding, fires, and other emergency conditions. B-roll video footage is available here for download.
Wednesday night’s meeting focused on the possibility of a secondary access road for residents. Kolekole Pass is a federally owned and controlled one-lane road that crosses through the Waianae Mountains and connects the Leeward Coast to Central Oʻahu. The road passes through two military installations—Naval Magazine Pearl Harbor, Lualualei Branch and Schofield Barracks. Because of safety and security concerns, the road is not open to the public, but under a recent MOU signed in April 2016, it could be used for emergency vehicles under certain situations. Experts from the Navy and Army participated as panelists at the meeting and presented information to the community on the state of Kolekole Pass.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard listened to ideas, suggestions, and concerns from the audience, responded to a series of inquiries, and committed to continue working with the Navy, Army, State, and County to bring about a sensible and comprehensive process for opening Kolekole Pass during emergency situations. She will continue working to address urgent transportation and infrastructure issues that affect Waianae Coast residents.
For more information, please contact Erika Tsuji at (808) 286-0803.