Kalihi will soon get safer, better streets


Kalihi – essentially the superurban, industrial, over-the-river sibling to downtown Honolulu – is about to receive a pleasant upgrade. Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced that Kamehameha IV road (or what everyones calls "Cam 4") will be overhauled as a Complete Street. This means that the major thoroughfare will be adjusted to make walking, bicycling, and driving more pleasant. And considerably safer.

This is great news because of the vibrant youth biking scene in the area. Kokua Kalihi Valley, a health clinic on King St., is also home to K-VIBE, the Kalihi Vocational Instructional Bicycle Exchange. There, valley youth meet up on weekends to fix bikes and learn useful skills in business and mechanics.

The K-VIBE youth, along with the Honolulu Bicycling League (HBL), worked to make the Complete Streets designation a reality. Marcos Bendana, the K-VIBE coordinator, told Hawaii News Now that the youth canvassed door-to-door, worked with HBL on a traffic calming study, and also attended neighborhood board meetings.

Their hard work will pay off when the renovations are complete later this year. In the meantime, enjoy this beautiful video by Mike Orbito about the K-VIBE program.

Kalihi Valley Instructional Bike Exchange (KVIBE) from Mike Orbito on Vimeo.


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