Kokua Line

June Watanabe

HECO asks for
patience on line repairs

Question: Can you find out when Hawaiian Electric Co. will work on the temporary overhead cable at our house on Kaumakani Street in Hawaii Kai? It's been up over eight months. We called HECO several times, but nothing has been done. Hawaii Kai is all underground wiring.

Answer: The temporary overhead line could be removed as early as the end of this week, according to Hawaiian Electric.

HECO has been repairing underground cables in Hawaii Kai, although it decided that it was more prudent to replace some of them entirely, said HECO spokesman Jose Dizon.

In those cases, temporary overhead lines were erected to bypass the affected underground cables, such as at your home, he said.

HECO is assessing whether to continue repairs or to replace each cable on a case-by-case basis, he said.

As each cable is replaced or repaired, the temporary overhead line is removed.

At your location, it was determined that problems with the cable are in areas that can be accessed for repairs. The repairs are expected to be completed this week.

"We'll do our best to remove the temp line by the end of the week as well, but it may not be totally removed until early next week," Dizon said.

Unfortunately, both the repair process and the process of obtaining required permits to replace the underground cables are proving to be time consuming, he said, apologizing for the inconvenience.

"We ask for our customers' patience as we progress with the work," he said.

Q: I've been to Mililani Cemetery a couple of times in the evening, coming home around 8:30. You cannot see the on-ramp to get onto the H-2 freeway. It is so dark. There is a great big sign -- "H-2" -- but to turn off, there is no light. Can something be done about it, please? I've heard other people complain about it.

A: The state Department of Transportation's Highways Division says it doesn't believe a light there is necessary and that restriping the pavement will help.

We had a similar complaint in 2000 and was told by a Department of Transportation spokeswoman then that "it was noticed that some of the pavement markings were slightly faded, which may have caused the concern."

She said the markings would be restriped, but that apparently didn't happen.

This time, a work order was issued "to replace the worn pavement markings near the H-2 Ka Uka southbound on-ramp with more visible striping so that drivers can easier see the on-ramp coming from Mililani Memorial Park," said current transportation spokesman Scott Ishikawa.

Transportation Department traffic engineers believe the lighting and signs in the area are sufficient to direct drivers to the on-ramp, he said.


To people who drive in the left lane, holding up traffic. When are you going to learn to use your rear-view mirror to see that cars are piling up behind you? If they are, move to the right. C'mon people, learn to drive right and learn to use your blinkers, also. People can't read your minds. -- A.A.


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