I wanted to send out a long overdue mahalo to our state Department of Transportation employee Charlene Shibuya.
More than 10 years ago, a temporary detour was built to construct the Lahainaluna bridge. The only thing separating the cars from the people were some plastic pylons. I called Charlene and, in two days, she brought in some concrete barriers.
On or about Feb. 20, the highway and Lahainaluna intersection were repaved and the new striping squeezed out the right-turn lane to almost nothing. Traffic was backed up to the second subdivision. I contacted Charlene and again in two days, the road was returned to its former design (and at night).
Lahaina is very lucky to have someone who truly listens and cares about our needs. I think she should be running the show.