Huge potholes and road woes are only part of the problem facing some on Saddle City Road. Another is neglected land owned by the state.
In Waimanalo, Saddle City Road leads to the last little bit of "country" before Olomana Golf Course.
"At first I thought, 'Oh it's peaceful and nice,'" said Waimanalo resident Carolyn Clark.
Clark found a quiet corner home near the end of the road and moved in last year.
"The road didn't look bad, and after the first storm everything drained," added Clark.
Since that time, she reports rain over the winter ruined sections of the dirt and gravel road, cane grass has been overflowing on the shoulder, while tree branches hang precariously above.
"I had no idea I was living in a place where the roads won't be maintained," said Clark.
Next to the road, there is another growing problem.
Water on state land isn't draining, creating a mucky-breeding area for mosquitoes.
It has also turned into a dumping ground for green waste.
"The swamp is bigger than we thought, and producing many more mosquitoes than we imagined," said Clark.
To deal with the quagmire and road, Carolyn said she has had to wade through a lot of government red tape.
"The first 20-30 calls went to the state, and got me nowhere," stated Clark.
KITV made a number of those same calls and found out:
1 - The city doesn't care for the road because it is a private one. The road goes right through state land.
2 - The state is not responsible for its upkeep because the road is an easement and has been since 2003.
The easement was granted to the neighbor at the very end of the road, under the condition he maintains and repairs it. That includes trimming trees that grow over the easement.
From 2009-2013, that neighbor had been in default with the state for not getting required insurance, and was in danger of having that grant terminated.
State crews recently cleared some of the brush from Saddle City Road as a courtesy, but the Dept. Of Land and Natural Resources spokesperson says they won't do that again.
DLNR has not said when or if crews would come to clean up the swamp that sits on state land. It is land that appeared to have been used for agriculture years ago.
Leaving Clark waiting for the right owners to take care of their own property.
"I would like to see them take some responsibility and come out for a day with a bulldozer and chainsaws to make sure this swamp drains," said Clark.
Calls to the owner of the Saddle City Road easement were not returned.
The head of the land board said because of limited staff, they can only respond to complaints after people make them. He advises residents to notify his department if there is a problem with other neglected state lands.