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Waipio Valley community takes stand against road reopening, citing ongoing safety concerns

  • MEGAN MOSELEY / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Darde Gamayo, a Waipio Valley resident, spoke to Ben Eschenbach on Thursday about why they are redirecting traffic away from the valley.

    MEGAN MOSELEY / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    Darde Gamayo, a Waipio Valley resident, spoke to Ben Eschenbach on Thursday about why they are redirecting traffic away from the valley.

  • MEGAN MOSELEY / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                A Hawaiian activist stood in front of Waipio Valley kupuna supporters on Monday during the staged sit-in where residents of the valley are blocking access to outsiders.

    MEGAN MOSELEY / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    A Hawaiian activist stood in front of Waipio Valley kupuna supporters on Monday during the staged sit-in where residents of the valley are blocking access to outsiders.

  • MEGAN MOSELEY / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Hiilei Mariah Toledo-Tavares, left, and Darde Gamayo stood guard near the Waipio Valley lookout on Monday where residents have been redirecting traffic and blocking the entrance to the valley.

    MEGAN MOSELEY / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    Hiilei Mariah Toledo-Tavares, left, and Darde Gamayo stood guard near the Waipio Valley lookout on Monday where residents have been redirecting traffic and blocking the entrance to the valley.

  • MEGAN MOSELEY / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                The road block and sit-in on the highway near the entrance of Waipio Valley on Monday.

    MEGAN MOSELEY / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    The road block and sit-in on the highway near the entrance of Waipio Valley on Monday.

For the last week protesters have gathered daily at a “kupuna checkpoint” at Waipio Valley Lookout, stopping cars and strongly urging them to drive no farther, warning them that the steep, one-lane Waipio Valley Road that descends into the valley is unstable and unsafe for excess traffic. Read more

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