Rice Street Rocks
Approximately 7,000 people attended the Rice Street Walk/Block Party on Saturday, September 23, 2017. We had a pretty great reason to celebrate as the County of Kaua‘i recently received a $13.8 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant from the US Department of Transportation.
The grant will help improve and revitalize the historic Līhu‘e Town Core. At the Rice Street Block Party, Get Fit Kauai worked the Planning and Public Works Departments to show a preview of what Rice Street will look like after improvements are completed. Extended sidewalks, bulb outs, crosswalks, parklets and more. Mayor Carvalho, Planning Director Michael Dahilig, Acting County Engineer Lyle Tabata, Federal Highways Representative Kaha`a and Bev Brody of Get Fit Kaua‘i spoke on stage about what the revitalization project means to our community.
In addition to the Rice Street Block Party, a Keiki Zone was set up at Kalena Park where 120 5th-8th grade students participated in an all-day basketball ball tournament. Wilcox Health provided two stationary bikes used to make healthy smoothies. Participants needed to pedal to turn the fresh vegetables and fruits, provided by Wilcox Health, into healthy refreshing smoothies.
Two stages were set up — one at Kalena Street and one in the Rice Shopping Center — facing out from the wall of the Salvation Army building. A schedule of concurrent entertainment was run on both stages from 5pm to 8:30pm. The entertainment events were enjoyed immensely by the attendees, and also contributed to the excitement and energy of the event.
The historic Līhu‘e Town Core will be brought back to full vibrancy, bringing people out to walk, bicycle, jog and enjoy the many wonderful businesses.