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District 4: Affluent area saddled with subpar streets

By Marcel Honoré

LAST UPDATED: 7:02 p.m. HST, Feb 13, 2014

District 4 boasts some of the more affluent communities on the island. However, with its 176 lane-miles of roads rated poor or worse, the region also has the dubious distinction of having the most substandard roads out of all nine City Council districts on Oahu, based on a survey done late last year. (The district also has the most city-owned lane-miles, at 519.)


» Represented by Councilman Stanley Chang (Email)

» Encompasses Hawaii Kai, Kuliouou, Niu Valley and the other East Honolulu communities, then stretches west to include Kaimuki, parts of Kapahulu, Diamond Head, Waikiki and Ala Moana Beach Park

City Councilman Stanley Chang said the bad roads are the No. 1 complaint he hears from constituents. The roads are also his No. 1 priority, he said -- adding that he pushed for Honolulu to improve its road condition survey and create a new maintenance policy in 2012.

District 4 had nearly the lowest total percentage of total roads graded "fair" or better, at 65.8 percent. Only District 9 scored lower, at 62.1 percent -- and that district has about 130 fewer total city lane-miles than District 4.

Similarly, District 4 saw 34 percent of its roads score "poor" or lower. Again, only District 9, with its fewer total lane-miles, scored worse, at 37.9 percent.

About 26 lane-miles of road, representing 5 percent of District 4's lane-miles, were found to be "failed" -- the worst of the worst.


Star-Advertiser readers sound off on island roads via Facebook, online story comments and emailed feedback:

"Kamehameha hwy in front of Patsy Mink Regional Park. Husband driving, hit a deep pothole, I chipped my tooth. Had to have a root canal then a gold crown."
--Laurie Lee

"Having previously worked for a company on the mainland that did (building) materials testing, including asphalt mixes, makes me wonder whether Hawaii needs to have a more specific asphalt design (recipe) to handle our tropical weather. Perhaps a different mix of what goes into our asphalt would allow it to hold up better and last longer. Maybe DOT needs to look into something like this."

"They are way tooooooo many to count -- our roads are much worse than those in Venezuela, where we lived for three years. Now, just imagine that!"
--Nancy Terrell


To rate how badly damaged a road's surface is many cities including Honolulu use a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-designed point system. Roads are scored between 0 and 100, 0 being the worst and 100 being the best. The score is calculated mainly using three criteria: the type(s) of damage, how severe the damage is, and how extensive it is.

Because it's a score, there could be different types of damage seen in different categories. Here's a general idea of what drivers can expect.

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Click to enlarge the chart.


Some roads may have been repaired since the City and County of Honolulu conducted its survey in 2012. An asterisk (*) denotes city road segments that are not listed on the city's repaving schedule. Many of those roads are still in the design phase and will go out to bid for construction within a year, officials say.

Road From To Grade Scheduled for Repaving
12th Avenue Harding Avenue Lunalilo Freeway Failed Construction ongoing
Ahuawa Place Ahuawa Loop End of street Failed 2014
Ailuna Street Hind Iuka Drive End of street Failed 2014
Aipo Street Ahukini Street End of street Failed 2014
Alakoa Street Malia Street Makai Koa Street Failed 2014
Alamuku Street Hind Iuka Drive Ailuna Street Failed 2014
Halapepe Street Lawelawe Street Leighton Street Failed 2014
Kaimoku Way Kalanianaole Highway End of street Failed 2014
Keakealani Street Hao Street Kiholo Street Failed 2014
Kuahono Street Wainiha Street Lunalilo Home Road Failed 2014
Leighton Street Ailuna Street Halapepe Street Failed 2014
Poipu Place Poipu Drive End of street Failed 2014
Ohawa Place Ihiloa Street End of street Failed 2014

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