The Hawaii Department of Transportation is notifying the public it will be installing a new light pole at the intersection of Ala Moana Boulevard and Kamakee Street this Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. The original pole was destroyed in the tragic incident earlier this week that killed three pedestrians and injured five others. In order to complete the repairs, HDOT crews will move the memorial to the grassy area on the northeast (mauka/Diamond Head) corner that is safe for the public and not obstructing sidewalks or access points.
“Our hearts go out to everyone involved in this tragic incident,” said Director Jade Butay, Hawaii Department of Transportation. “We understand the community needs to mourn the loss and we want to be respectful of those wishes, while also making the necessary repairs in the area. We ask people to refrain from leaving alcohol containers at the memorial as it is counterproductive to the message of driving sober.”
The northbound lane of Kamakee Street, including the free right turn lane from Ala Moana Boulevard, will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. The repair work is anticipated to be completed by noon, weather permitting. Please drive with caution.
Upon completion of the repairs, memorial items should not be left on the pedestrian island as they can cause safety concerns by obstructing access and pathways. The items may be placed in the new location on the northeast corner of the intersection for two weeks.
This year there have already been 13 traffic fatalities statewide, with six being pedestrians.