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<br />Communication No. 2019-03 <br />Excerpts from Waikoloa Subcommittee Report to SKCDP - AC 1/28/19 <br />nd <br />Regarding Waikoloa Village: 2 Access Road, focusing on GROWTH in Waikoloa <br />Al l of Waikoloa Village is connected to the rest of Hawaii island by a single road, Paniolo <br />Avenue, which intersects with Waikoloa Road, about 6 miles mauka of the Queen Ka’ahumanu <br />Highway intersection and about 7 miles makai of the Mamal ahoa Highway. Commuters and <br />stud ents from Waikoloa Village travel in and out of the Village on Paniolo Ave every day, <br />joining with tourists, trucks, military convoys, and other traffic traveling up and down Waikoloa <br />Road. <br />Th <br />e single - channel access to Waikoloa Village has long been ident ified as an issue that needs to <br />be addressed sooner or later. It was the Number #1 priority in the SKCDP for Waikoloa Village <br />in 2008. S everal studies over the years that have investigated possible routes for additional roads <br />into and out of Waikoloa Vill age. These routes include roads W est down to Queen Ka’ahumanu <br />Highway, roads No rth connecting to Kawaihae Road , or E ast to the Mamalahoa Highway, and <br />other connections to Waikoloa Road west of Paniolo Ave. Land owners, developers ’ <br />commitments, and stakeholders have changed considerably over the past dozen years, and no <br />real progress has been made. <br />In emer gencies prior to 2005, all traffic passed through the Paniolo Ave -Waikoloa Rd <br />intersection. During the 2005 wildfire in South Ko hala that threatened the eastern and southern <br />areas of the Village, this intersection was significantly impacted and at times was completely <br />impassable due to lack of visibility from the smoke. The debrief on that fire with the community <br />and County officials afterwards was contentious with the community demanding action. <br />Th e County responded in 2006 by designat ing an extension of Hulu Street to the Queen <br />Ka’ahumanu Highway as an emergency evacuation road. This single - lane emergency road is for <br />west -bound traffic only by those exiting the Village, and mostly unpaved. It could fulfil its role <br />as an alternate evacuation route out of the Village, albeit slowly, if the Paniolo Ave/Waikoloa <br />Road intersection is closed due to an emergency. (Estimated evacuation t ime: 5 hours.) There are <br />no options for residents or visitors to evacuate to Waikoloa from the South Kohala coastal areas <br />in case of emergency if the Waikoloa Road/Paniolo Avenue intersection is closed. <br />Wai koloa’s Growth in Population & Housing & Commer cial Development <br />T he 2020 US Census is one year away, so accurate data on Waikoloa Village’s population is not <br />available; however, prior Census data shows that the Village’s population grew substantially <br />over the past twenty years, and that the trend continues. July 2017 Census estimates indicate an <br />8% increase in Hawaii County’s population to 200, 381, up from 185,079 in the official 2010 <br />Census. Conservative estimates are that the Village has grown into a town of over 7,000 people. <br />Year Big Island Population Waikoloa Population % of Growth (actual or <br />estimated) <br />1990 2,248 N/A <br />2000 148,677 4,806 113% <br />2010 185,079 6,362 32% <br />2020 estimated 200,381 7,000+ 8% - 10% or more <br /> <br />