Friday, December 6, 2002

Plan ahead
for parade and race

The 2 events will lead to the closing
of streets in some areas of the city

Star-Bulletin staff

Oahu motorists are advised to plan ahead for this weekend's Honolulu City Lights Public Workers Electric Light Parade and the Honolulu Marathon.

Tomorrow's parade will begin at 6 p.m. on North King Street at River Street, wind through Chinatown and the downtown business district, and end at Honolulu Hale between Punchbowl and Alapai streets.

"Allow a little extra time," city spokeswoman Carol Costa urged for those going to dinner in the downtown area, as the streets on both sides of King Street will progressively be closed.

The city is also encouraging people to enjoy the parade from the beginning of the route, where there are fewer people and ample parking, rather than just the Honolulu Hale end, which gets crowded.

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Lane and street closures for the parade include:

>> 11 a.m., South King Street, mauka lane fronting Honolulu Hale.

>> 3 p.m., South King Street from Richards Street to Alapai/South streets.

>> 3:30 p.m., North King Street between Beretania and River streets, and Iwilei Road from Kuwili to King streets.

>> 4:30 p.m., Punchbowl Street.

>> 5 p.m., streets mauka of King Street along the parade route will close at Beretania Street, including Punchbowl, Richards, Alakea, Bishop, Bethel, Nuuanu, Smith, Maunakea and River streets. Makai-bound traffic will remain or be detoured to Beretania Street.

>> Streets makai of King Street along the route will begin to be closed beginning at Nimitz Highway, including Kekaulike, Maunakea and Smith streets and Nuuanu Avenue. Bethel Street will close at Merchant Street, and Alakea and Mililani streets will be closed at Queen Street.

>> 5:15 p.m., King Street will be closed between Punchbowl and Alapai and South streets.

>> 6 to 9 p.m., North and South King streets will be closed from Beretania to Alapai and South streets.

Parade vehicles will park on King Street near the Municipal Building after the parade from 7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. for viewing.

On Sunday the 30th annual Honolulu Marathon begins at 5 a.m. Lane and street closures begin at 12:30 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m.

Sunday's closures include:

>> 12:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., Ala Moana from Atkinson Drive to Ward Avenue.

>> 3:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., H-1 freeway in both directions from Waialae Avenue offramp/22nd Avenue to Ainakoa Avenue.

>> 4:30 a.m. until race end, Kalakaua Avenue, mauka side between Monsarrat Avenue and Poni Moi Road; at about 9 a.m., makai lanes will be coned for two-way traffic and limited to area residents. Outrigger Canoe Club and Elks Club patrons must enter from Kapahulu Avenue.

>> 4:30 a.m. until race end: Monsarrat Avenue from Kalakaua to Paki avenues.

>> 4:30 a.m. until race end: Paki Avenue from Monsarrat to Kalakaua avenues. Local traffic only. Access to Diamond Head Tennis Courts from 9 a.m.

>> Police will control traffic along Diamond Head Road, Kahala and Kealaolu avenues.

>> 18th Avenue from Diamond Head Road to Kilauea Avenue until runners clear the area. Traffic will be detoured at Diamond Head Road and Makapuu Avenue. Local traffic only. Access to Diamond Head Crater will be restricted to FAA and National Guard personnel only.

>> Kilauea Avenue from 18th to Waialae avenues, eastbound lanes closed 4 a.m. until runners clear the area. Westbound lanes will be coned to permit two-way traffic. Traffic exiting lower Kahala area must cross Kilauea Avenue at Hunakai Street. Delays until 11 a.m.

>> 3:30 a.m., Kalanianaole Highway from Ainakoa Street to Hawaii Kai Drive makai side. The mauka side will be coned for two-way traffic.

>> 3:30 a.m. until area is clear, Kalanianaole Highway from Hawaii Kai Drive to Keahole Street. Traffic will be detoured onto Hawaii Kai Drive via Kawaihae Street to Lunalilo Home Road. Boat ramp traffic must enter from the Koko Head end.

>> 3:30 a.m. until area is clear, Hawaii Kai Drive makai lanes from Kalanianaole Highway to Keahole Street. Mauka lanes will be coned for two-way traffic.

>> 3:30 a.m. until area is clear, Keahole Street makai-bound lanes. There will be contra-flow traffic in the mauka-bound lanes. Entrance and exit from the Hawaii Kai Shopping Center, Costco, etc. will be permitted.

>> 5:30 a.m. until area is clear, Kealaolu Avenue from Waialae to Kahala avenues. Local traffic may be permitted by police at Aukai Avenue only. All other roadways will be closed.

>> Kahala Towers, Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Waialae Country Club traffic will be permitted via Aukai Avenue and Pueo Street when safe.

>> Some bus routes will be canceled. Call TheBus for information at 848-5555.

For more information, call 921-2323.

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