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City to receive grant to improve pedestrian safety with mural art

The “Limu Art Project”, created in 2020, meant to create safer crossing and turns for pedestrians and drivers in Ewa Beach.

HONOLULU – The City and County of Honolulu will receive up to $25,000 in grant funding from the Bloomberg Philanthropies Asphalt Art Initiative to help improve pedestrian safety.

“I am thrilled that the city has been awarded this $25,000 grant for crossing upgrades from Bloomberg Philanthropies,” said Mayor Rick Blangiardi. “This generous support will pave the way for safer and more accessible pathways for our residents. With this grant, we are not just improving our streets, but building a foundation for community well-being and connectivity. Together, we strive towards a future where every step taken in our city is confident and secure. My deepest gratitude to Bloomberg Philanthropies for investing in the safety and prosperity of our community.”
Honolulu was one of 25 North American cities selected for funding this year.

The Department of Transportation Services (DTS) Complete Streets Program and Better Block Hawai‘i will install new painted curb extensions and a pedestrian refuge island in Waipahu. The project, titled “Creating Safer Pedestrian Crossings through Murals in Waipahu,” will shorten and simplify the uncontrolled pedestrian crossing on Leokū Drive at Leolua Street, right near the Hōʻaeʻae West Loch Skyline Station. This painted curb extension will include bright and colorful street murals by local artists that reflect the Waipahu community. In total, this proposed project will create approximately 1,000 square feet of street murals in an area that is otherwise barren of public art. These proposed installations are shown on the attached site map below.

The intersection of Leokū and Leolua Streets is identified in the Oʻahu Pedestrian Plan as a High Pedestrian Injury Intersection, and the City’s Vision Zero Action Plan currently under development has identified it as a key safety need.

The project partner Better Block Hawaiʻi, a local non-profit organization focused on improving Hawaiʻi’s neighborhoods through placemaking projects and civic engagement, will facilitate community engagement, select and coordinate with an artist, develop site plans, coordinate approvals, and oversee project installation. Better Block has worked on similar projects, such as the ʻAʻala Park Public Art Project, where the organization worked with artists to create over 10,000 square feet of new murals.

Installation is slated for late 2024.

To learn more about Complete Streets, please visit:

To learn about the design process, and materials guidance for the delivery of community-led roadway art projects, please visit:

To learn more about Vision Zero, please visit:

For information on Better Block Hawaiʻi, please visit:

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