Groundbreaking held for Waikoloa Village emergency route

Photo courtesy Hawaii County Property owner Charles Somers, who has offered to fund the egress route through his land, speaks Tuesday in Waikoloa.

Photo courtesy Hawaii County Sen. Tim Richards speaks at Tuesday's groundbreaking for a Waikoloa Village emergency road.

Photo courtesy Hawaii Count State and county officials break ground on an emergency evacuation route in Waikoloa on Tuesday.

State and county officials celebrated the launch of a private project Tuesday to construct an emergency route out of Waikoloa Village.