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Damage to Mapele Road triggers blame game

  • KRYSTLE MARCELLUS / KMARCELLUS@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Property owners say the city should fix the portion of Mapele Road in Kahaluu that collapsed during recent heavy rain. The city says that because the original developers never turned theroad over to city ownership, it is not responsible for major reconstruction.

  • KRYSTLE MARCELLUS / KMARCELLUS@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Mapele Road property owners say they will take their concerns over repairs to the road to the Kahaluu Neighborhood Board on Wednesday night. A 1989 legislative study identified morethan 430 Oahu roads with disputed ownership. City officials have said they can’t afford to assume responsibility for all of the private roads.

Exactly who owns Mapele Road in the rural Kahaluu neighborhood is in dispute after a sizable chunk of it collapsed into a ditch during recent heavy rain. The finger-pointing over who should repair the damage is the latest example of what can happen when roads created decades ago are never signed over to the government. Read more

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