How bright are the Likelike lights?

In December, the state Department of Transportation replaced the lights in the Likelike Tunnel. “LED lights will be installed through the Wilson Tunnels as part of the Johnson Control energy savings contract and HDOT’s energy efficiency initiative,” reads the press release.

I’m all for driver safety, so if it’s a matter of too bright versus too dark, then by all means. Light ‘er up. Thanks, HDOT. But I can’t help but poke a little fun at it.

I finally drove through it at night, and boy was it bright. My husband warned me, but I had no idea it would be like entering the light from three suns. I felt like I should reach for my sunglasses.

My first thought was that I should pull over to the side and finish reading a nice book. It was so lit up in my car, I could see every color of the interior and all the dust on the dash.

It’s so bright, I am considering putting some plants on the side to use it as a supplemental nursery. I might even try to catch up on my tan in the after-hours.

It’s so bright, I could trick a vampire into the tunnel if I needed to kill one. He could sizzle under the megawatts of the Wilson. 

It’s so bright, I might set up an office to save my home electricity bill. “Claus, if you need me, I’ll be doing my  work on the side of the Wilson Tunnel.” Or, “I’m just going to take Olivia up to the tunnel tonight to finish up her school work.”

It’s so bright, it might even register on an IQ test.

As my friend George laughed, it’s so bright, he can finally see what his date actually looks like when he takes her home. Yikes. Maybe too bright.

Diane Ako

Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania, In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. One day, she might figure out how to put that master’s degree to use.

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