Representative Gene Ward speaks to Specialist with tenure, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii Richard J Wainscoat about the cost of 1.96 million intended to add lighting to Lunalilo Home road; as Councilmember Charles K. Djou who currently represents the 4th Council District (Waikiki to Hawaii Kai) speaks with the Honolulu Advertiser’s summer intern.
The city is currently installing a lighting project on Lunalilo Home Road to upgrade an aging system and to increase safety. We are getting three new lights for every current light from Kalanianaole Highway to Koamano Street (Phase I) for a cost of at least $1.96M. Phase II would continue from Koamano to Hawaii Kai Drive by the skateboard park for another $570,000, and Hawaii Kai Drive is in the planning stages for an estimated $4M. The new light fixtures are 150 watt high-pressure sodium, “the same as the existing lights,” according to the city. Here we are about 40 years after the original installation, and we are getting the same technology as we had then. Why? Is the city not aware of guidelines published by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in which they indicate “research into lighting concepts . . . has led to the development of new techniques . . . for the design of efficient, effective, safe and environmentally responsive roadway lighting systems”?