Just to remind everybody: This project was approved last November; groundbreaking was in March (4 months ago). At this point, a year or so in, most government highway projects are just getting to the second revision of the EIS. Actual construction work would be years away. This project is roughly graded, four lanes wide, from the high school to within (my guess) half a mile of Henry Street. Good to see "stimulus" money used to actually improve the infrastructure, and construction moving (for a government project) at lightning speed. Kudos all around.
Looking back (north) at Kealakehe H.S.
Hawaiian Dryland Forest Update. The undeveloped land along the new highway is dominated by haole koa and fountain grass, with clumps of christmas berry (at the right). The conifer-shaped bush at left center is another remnant of the Hawaiian dryland forest: the native alahe'e, the indigenous member of the coffee family. After rains it produces masses of fragrant flowers.