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Panic on the Pi‘ilani

April 4, 2013
Charles Laquidara - Contributing Writer ( , The Maui Weekly

Anyone who has ever driven on the Pi'ilani Highway going south toward Wailea knows that whoever put up the sign less than 80 yards or so before Kilohana Drive was either high on pakalolo or severely misjudged how long it takes for a highway driver to move into another lane safely.

Maui drivers who are familiar with the "Right Turn Only" late-surprise sign at the intersection of Kilohana and Mapu Drive can easily predict constant near-collisions as surprised tourists in front of them panic and jam on their flashers attempting to try to negotiate a last-minute swerve to move left in order to continue to their destination in Wailea or Makena.

Most highway signs usually give drivers ample warning that they are about to run out of lanes.

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Not so at the Kihei/Wailea line here on our usually "tourist-friendly" island.

This opinion column is written by Charles Laquidara, who has lived on Maui since August 2000. He worked at WBCN radio in Boston for 30 years as the morning-drive host of a show called "The Big Mattress" and is occasionally heard on Mana'o Radio here on-island. Email or subscribe to his daily ramblings on Facebook.



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