December 29, 2008 – Isaac Hale Beach Park, Hawaii
The public joined local officials in the opening and blessing of the new Pohoiki bypass road near Isaac Hale Beach Park in Puna on Monday.
The road was officially opened after noon, shortly after a traditional blessing by Fifth District Councilwoman Emily Naeole, who also served as an MC for the event. Short speeches were made by Mayor Billy Kenoi and former Fifth District Councilman Gary Safarik. Honored kapuna, including Auntie Minnie Kaawaloa, were in attendance.
According to the county, the three-quarters of a mile long county bypass road will allow motorists to avoid the portion of coastal Highway 137 near Isaac Hale Beach Park where it routinely floods during high tides.
William C. Loeffler Construction Inc., was the contractor for the $1.8 million project.