County, mayor sued over Waipi‘o road closure

On Feb. 25, Mayor Mitch Roth issued a traffic emergency zone declaration closing Waipi‘o Valley Road to all but residents, landowners and farmers in the valley. (CHELSEA JENSEN/West Hawaii Today file)

A community organization has filed a lawsuit against the county, Mayor Mitch Roth and Public Works Director Ikaika Rodenhurst, alleging the closure of Waipi‘o Valley Road to all but a handful of people is unlawful.