Hookele Elementary parents encounter traffic jam, 2nd access road under construction

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A new school in Kapolei faced an old problem: a traffic jam surrounding the campus.

Hookele Elementary School, which is located on Kunehi Street in Kapolei, opened its doors to students for the first time Wednesday.

Parents tell us the problem is there is only one road between the school and a new subdivision, so it clogs up fast.

“If they just built the asphalt or just the roadway or even a dirt road, I guarantee you, we wouldn’t grumble if we had to go over rocks,” said parent Tasha Bardon. “I would rather go through rocks with my van than sit in 25 minutes of traffic for what, 500 feet?”

Developer D.R. Horton – Schuler Division said it is in the process of building a second access road that will open in November. This access point will be an extension of Kamaaha Boulevard from Kapolei Parkway.

According to the Honolulu Police Department, D.R. Horton hired special-duty police officers Wednesday morning, but could not get any officers to work the afternoon shift.

On Thursday afternoon, the developer hired sheriffs to direct traffic.

“With their support, please be patient,” said Heidi Armstrong, complex area superintendent. “We understand sitting in traffic 20 to 30 minutes after you’ve picked up your children from school is not a pleasant task, but we are working to do everything that we can to alleviate the situation.”

D.R. Horton hopes to have either police or sheriffs at the school in the morning and afternoons to help direct traffic.

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