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Stanley Nakasone Retires After 44 Years of Service

Hilo, Hawai‘i – The County confirmed today that Stanley Nakasone was exonerated after an internal investigation.  The investigation was conducted after a May 13, 2011 article ran in the West Hawai‘i Today which alleged improprieties regarding the application of the drywell/culvert cleaning contract.  The investigation revealed that there was no evidence of wrongdoing by any individual, including Mr. Nakasone. 

The County is privileged to announce that after forty-four (44) years of service, Stanley Nakasone has decided to retire.  He began his career as an entry level Laborer and rose to position of Highways Division Chief.  Through his leadership and with the support of Mayors Kim and Kenoi, a County highway construction and resurfacing program was developed.  One important goal was to help communities served by repaving abandoned plantation roads left in dangerous condition. 

Mr. Nakasone’s leadership helped earn the County federal recognition and an award for the construction of the Waikoloa Village emergency by-pass road, which met an urgent need to allow Village residents to safely escape wildfires and other emergencies.

Mr. Nakasone and his crew started night-time resurfacing projects to minimize the impact on traffic and residents.  The County used night-time repaving on Māmalahoa Highway from Captain Cook to Konawaena High School, and on Alani Road to the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway.  Because of his direction, the Highways Division has constructed and repaved roads in every Council District in this County.

From Saddle Road, Mud Lane, Kawaihae Road, Puakō Road and Kaimū were resurfaced or constructed by the County Highways Division during Mr. Nakasone’s tenure.  Mr. Nakasone and his crew have also become a critical member of the County Civil Defense team in times of emergencies and fires.  Mr. Nakasone takes pride in the accomplishments of the people in the Highways Division over the years.

The County wishes to recognize Mr. Nakasone for his dedication and commitment to the people of our County and congratulate him on his retirement effective October 1, 2013, and thank him for the many years of service he has provided and wishes him the best of luck in the future.



The County is pleased to announce the launch of, a publicly
available web based traffic monitoring service for the lower Puna to Kea`au area.
Traffic conditions along several transportation corridors that may be affected by
the June 27th Lava Flow, including HWY 130, will be monitored with thirty
cameras. The images are available for public viewing at
The camera images refresh every three to five minutes and are meant to assist
the public in making their travel plans. The website also provides estimated drive
times based on current traffic conditions.
The traffic monitoring system is a part of the County’s overall plan to monitor
traffic flow that may have to be re-routed as a result of the June 27 Lava Flow.
The cameras were installed by ICX Transportation Group. The service went live
on March 25, 2015.
The cameras are government property and specifically programmed to only work
with government equipment. Please kokua and respect this public benefit and
The website also provides social media links to Civil Defense and the County of
Hawai`i and can be updated to inform the public about road incidents.



Informational meeting on Waiākea-Palai Flood Risk Management Project and Palai Stream Flood Insurance Map Revisions

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and the Department of Public Works will hold an informational meeting on the: current project status  of  Waiākea-Palai Flood control improvement project;  Palai Stream Flood Study and Insurance Map Revisions; and, continued operation and maintenance  of Hawai‘i County levee systems.

The meeting is 5-7 PM, Thursday, August 14 at the Stanley Costales Waiākea Uka Gym.

Residents who live along Waiākea Stream, Kawailani Street Bridge, Kupulau Road and in the Waiākea Uka area are encouraged to attend.

For details about the informational meeting, call Public Works at (808) 961-8321.


Ponahawai Street Resurfacing begins Monday

Starting the week of July 7, and ending early September (weather permitting), the County of Hawai`i Department  of Public Works will be undertake a $1.2 million road resurfacing project for Ponahawai Street, starting from Kapi`olani Street to Kamehameha Avenue.

Two to three days of sewer lateral work will begin the week of July 7 at the intersection of Kīlauea Avenue.  Roadwork will follow at the Kapi`olani Street intersection.  Special Duty Police Officers will be directing traffic at that intersection.

Construction hours will be during the weekdays from 8:15 AM to 4:00 PM.  Street parking will not be available in the area the contractor is working.

The roadwork will also include; Traffic signal system upgrades at the intersections of Kīlauea Avenue, Kino‘ole, and Kapi‘olani Streets, pavement restriping, and adjusting and repairing utility laterals, valves, and boxes.


Ponahawai Street community meeting to discuss road resurfacing

The department of Public Works is conducting a community meeting for businesses and residents on Ponahawai Street Friday, June 20 at the Aupuni Conference Center, to talk with the contractor about the road-resurfacing project.  The community meeting is 1:00-2:30 PM at 101 Pauahi Street.  Parking is free in stalls marked “visitor.”

The Ponahawai Road Resurfacing Project encompasses Kapi‘olani Street to the Kamehameha Avenue intersection and is scheduled to begin the week of July 7.

Jas W. Glover Ltd. will talk about the scope of the project, present a traffic control plan, timeframe and schedule to resurface the road, utility line work, and traffic signal upgrades at three intersections; at Kīlauea Avenue,  and Kino‘ole and Kapi‘olani Streets.

If you require additional auxiliary aid and services for effective communications at this meeting, please contact Department of Public Works at 961-8321 five days before the meeting date to arrange for accommodations.