The city has launched a pilot project that aims to save lives.
South King Street -- between Pawaa Lane and Hauoli Street -- now has a set of overhead safety lights that will hopefully change a dangerous crosswalk into one much safer.
A ceremony at the crosswalk in Moiliili marked the start of the project Friday, with Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle pushing the button for the first time.
If all goes well, this will be the first of several crosswalk overhead safety lights around the state.
For Gwyne Isa, 68, they're lights she thought she'd never see. Literally.
"My face shattered on this (left) side, so my eye fell down, they had to rebuild my eye socket. I got titanium plates in my face," said Isa.
Five years ago, Isa was hit by a car while crossing this sidewalk.
"When he hit the brakes, I flew like 30, 40 feet, out of the crosswalk," said Isa.
She's still in therapy for brain damage, but making sure this doesn't happen to anyone else, has been her mission.
"So I said, you know, my accident wasn’t in vain, because it’s serving a purpose," said Isa.
Sixty-one months of study, design and $90,000 later, the city is ready to put the overhead flashing beacons to the test.
How does it work? When someone is ready to cross the street, they push the button and it activates the flashing lights. The lights will flash for about 90 seconds then turn off.
City officials are emphasizing to motorists and pedestrians that the flashing lights are not a signal to stop traffic.
"The pedestrian must show caution, just as they would at any other unsignalized crossing," said Wayne Yoshioka, director for the city Department of Transportation Services.
The city said there are hundreds of crosswalks that are in need of these kinds of safety lights.
The city said it'll test this area for three to six months before deciding how many more to put in around the island.