REPORT FROM KAUAI COUNTY – PO’IPŪ – Anyone interested in sharing their ideas on how to transform the south shore into a walkable, welcoming and healthy community is encouraged to attend the Po’ipū Road Design Workshop scheduled May 10, 11 and 13.

Sponsored by the county and Get Fit Kaua’i, the aim of the workshop is to develop Po’ipū Road so that it’s safe and meets the needs of all users including: pedestrians; bicyclists; transit riders; people with disabilities; and motorists.

Two nationally known experts on creating walkable communities Dan Burden and Michael Moule who have helped numerous communities across the U.S. will serve as facilitators.

“I encourage everyone to take part in this important discussion,” said Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr. “Help us create a vision for the south shore that’s based on input from all stakeholders.”

The workshop will consist of two walking audits and three meetings to allow for maximum participation:

  • Friday, May 10, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Po’ipū Shopping Village – Walk along portions of Po’ipū Road between the roundabout and the Grand Hyatt Kaua’i Resort and Spa and analyze features, issues and concerns.
  • Friday, May 10, 6 to 8 p.m., The Shops at Kukui‘ula – Meeting to discuss the future of Po’ipū Road.
  • Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Kōloa Elementary School – Walk along portions of Po’ipū Road between the roundabout and Kōloa Road and examine features, issues and concerns.
  • Saturday, May 11, 2 to 4 p.m., The Shops at Kukui‘ula – Meeting to create design concepts for Po’ipū Road based on community input.
  • Monday, May 13, 5 to 7 p.m., The Shops at Kukui‘ula – Meeting to review refined design solutions for Po’ipū Road.

Some of the topics that will be covered include: how can residents and visitors shop, dine, go to the beach, and enjoy all that the south shore has to offer; how can the area be made safer for children to walk to school in Kōloa; what are the options for people that work in the area for getting to and from work; and how can problems such as speeding and parking be addressed.

During his 2010 inaugural speech, Mayor Carvalho spoke about his vision for Kaua’i in the year 2020, including creating walkable communities/safe routes to school throughout the island.

This endeavor is one of 38 projects that are part of the mayor’s Holo Holo 2020 vision for Kaua’i, which calls for all organizations, businesses, residents and visitors on Kaua’i to be part of creating an island that is sustainable, values the native culture, has a thriving and healthy economy, cares for all – keiki to kupuna – and has a responsible and user-friendly local government.

If you need an ASL Interpreter, materials in an alternate format, or other auxiliary aid support, please contact Lee Steinmetz at 241-4978 or lsteinmetz@kauai.gov at least seven days before the event.

For more information about the workshop, contact Steinmetz at the phone number or email mentioned above.

 

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