Last fall, my staff and I conducted a site inspection between the Manoa Overlook on Round Top Drive, up to Forest Ridge Way in response to concerns from Tantalus residents and the Tantalus Community Association regarding guinea grass overgrowth onto the road. Residents have long complained that the guinea grass creates unsafe conditions for motorists traversing the area, especially at night.
While guinea grass overgrowth was also prevalent throughout the lower portions of Tantalus Drive, the worst sections were between Maunalaha Road (just below ‘Plumeria Row’) and the entrance to Pu’u Ualaka’a State Park. In response to our request for guinea grass removal in November, we received assurances from Department of Facility Maintenance’s Road Division its road crews had recently serviced Round Top Drive, and that getting the overgrowth under control was currently the Road Division’s top priority.
Mahalo nui loa to the members and volunteers of the Tantalus Community Association, which is conducting the first of its quarterly community clean-ups on Tantalus this Saturday, January 23rd between 8:30-11:30 AM in the morning. Please contact TCA organizers Verne Takagi (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Carolyn Carley (email@example.com) for more information.
Between 2016-2017, area legislators have worked with State Department of Land and Natural Resources and City Department of Design and Construction on the Tantalus/Round Top Master Plan funded in 2016. Repair of the Tantalus Drive crib wall is an important part of the Tantalus/Round Top Drives’ historic roadway to link scenic vistas along the two sides of the hillside forest preserve. The Tantalus/Round Top Master Plan provides for a comprehensive evaluation of recreational, residential, commercial use, environmental and road maintenance issues requiring coordination across state-county jurisdictional lines.