Cities are trying all kinds of things to try to make crosswalks safer, but in Aiea, the community is trying a simple, cheap idea in an effort to save lives.
Across from the Newtown Rec Center, not long before rush hour, the tools are out: brackets, PVC pipe and bright, reflective orange flags.
"It had to be no money to do it," said Representative Mark Takai.
Despite routine speed traps, police are still issuing plenty of speeding tickets near the crosswalk on Kaahele Street in Aiea. So, residents motivated Rep. Takai to do more.
He decided to spend $100 of his own money to start a 6-month pilot project to see if a simple idea could save lives.
"All you have to grab a flag. Make sure it's safe, but use the flag to make sure that the drivers coming toward you are aware that you exist," he said.
"You hear about the elderly getting hit in a crosswalk, well, my mom was one of them," said Nancy McCue. Her mom Bernadette Moon was killed in a crosswalk by a speeding driver two years ago.
Moon was on her way to pick up Nancy's daughter MacKenna. Now, MacKenna's out on Kaahele Street for every sign waving as lesson for drivers and a tribute to her grandma.
"I don't want any other family to go through what we went through," she said.
One of the concerns is people stealing those flags. It's been a problem in other areas, but council members in Aiea are considering making it illegal to steal these flags.
They also decided flashing lights might be confusing to drivers and create a false sense of security for pedestrians. And residents had no luck getting the city to add to it.
"We've tried to get a stop sign, we've tried to get a traffic signal of course were always told like so many projects there's no money," said resident Margie Davis.
"Most of the areas that are successful are areas driven by community," said Rep. Takai.
"Hopefully this will help," said Davis.
A similar system was tested in Manoa a few years back, but all of the flags were stolen.