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Honouli Wai Bridge



These beautiful pics of the Honouli Wai Creek Bridge were taken by Ms. Ashley DeMatos, a missionary to Molokai from Indiana.

Photo taken by Ashley DeMatos


BH Photo #277523


Street View 


Steel, concrete & stone arch bridge over Honouliwai Strm(3 Cell) on Kam V Hwy
Maui County, Hawaii
Open to traffic
Built 1965; rehabilitated 1992
Corrugated multi-plate arch
Length of largest span: 8.9 ft.
Total length: 56.1 ft.
Deck width: 12.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+21.11064, -156.74538   (decimal degrees)
21°06'38" N, 156°44'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
4/734192/2336053 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory number
BH 59965 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 38 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • September 5, 2018: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Changed discription from culvert to arch
  • September 1, 2018: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • March 4, 2014: New photos from James McCray
  • February 27, 2014: Added by James McCray


  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Flickr - pic
  • Dana and Kay Klein
  • Ed Hollowell - erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com


Honouli Wai Bridge
Posted September 4, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

In the USA, spans under 20 feet are culverts.

As for this bridge, the design appears to be a Corrugated Multi-Plate Closed Spandrel Deck Arch Bridge.

Another example with discussion of type:


Also, the use of fill does not mean it is a culvert. Most closed spandrel concrete arch bridges are earth-filled.

Honouli Wai Bridge
Posted September 3, 2018, by Matt Lohry

I’ve seen very large culverts and very small arches, so I don’t think the difference is related to size—I think the difference is in the construction—culverts are place-and-fill, where the entire structure (round or rectangular, metal or concrete) is dropped into place and filled over the top. Arches are built up like bridges. Even though corrugated steel was used, this to me is built up as a bridge, and qualifies as an arch.

Honouli Wai Bridge
Posted September 2, 2018, by Luke

I would definitely consider this an arch, not a culvert.

Culverts are typically small. This is anything but small.

Honouli Wai Bridge
Posted September 2, 2018, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

My first reaction was to the classing of this as a culvert. As I looked more closely I see why it was given that tag. Corrugated steel was used to form the arches. Even with that I would say that this is a closed spandrel steel, concrete and stone arch. Anyone want to say why I am wrong?