Car race spurs
The Hawaiian Super Prix takes placeBy Harold Morse
over Veterans Day weekend
Hawaiian Super Prix race organizers pledge to minimize traffic woes over the Nov. 11-13 long weekend, when hot cars will circle the track at Kalaeloa.
That's also when slower cars will transport spectators to and from the Barbers Point speedway.
Race organizers detailed traffic management plans to the Makakilo/Kapolei/Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board last week.
"We are trying our damndest to move the traffic as quickly as possible," said Marc Greenwell, a former police commander now serving as race traffic coordinator.
At one time, organizers said there could be as many as 100,000 people attending each day. But now they say attendance will be lower.
Temporary grandstands with 37,000 seats have been scaled back from 50,000 seats. Phil Heard, Super Prix general manager, said the first day might bring in 45,000 or 50,000 people, but for the remaining two days, realistic estimates are 35,000 to 40,000 each.
Heard said other raceway attractions will include E.K. Fernandez rides; exhibits of cars, planes, helicopters and boats; and a corporate entertainment area for businesses to wine and dine guests.
There will be both paid parking for premium spaces and free parking, he said. Trolleys will take spectators to the track from distant parking areas. Five temporary grandstands will be assembled, with concrete blocks and other safety barriers surrounding the track and concession areas nearby, he said.
Thursday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day, and traffic shouldn't be bad for time trials and racing on the holiday, Heard said.
Gates open at 8 a.m. Thursday, and the first track action starts at 10 a.m.
The track will be in use from 10 to noon, and from 2 to 4 p.m. both Thursday and Friday, he said. Saturday track hours will be 1 to 4 p.m.
To spare rush-hour traffic, it's hoped Friday track-goers will be enticed to stay later by added attractions, including a rock concert, Heard said.
"We want to be able to provide quality entertainment," Greenwell said.
But backers want the three-day spectacle to be a safe and happy event, he said.
The two main entrances will be off Fort Barrett Road, providing access from H-1 and Farrington Highway, and a secondary gate at Geiger and Roosevelt roads, providing access from H-1 and the Ewa-side Fort Weaver Road. A third entrance may come through Campbell Industrial Park, but that's not a sure thing, organizers said.
Special-duty police officers will operate traffic lights and work to keep traffic moving smoothly, Greenwell said. "We're hoping to have approximately 500 military people assisting in the parking."
Signs will help drivers go in the right direction.
Three tow trucks will be strategically placed to get any stalled vehicles out of the way. Ambulances also will be on hand if needed. Four roving motorcycle officers will be available.
If -- after watching fast cars singe the track -- someone wants to floor their own car on the freeway, special-duty officers will be spaced in both directions to discourage such excesses, Greenwell said.
If the wind blows the way it usually does, it should blow raceway sounds away from residential areas, according to Heard.
Hawaiian Super Prix
Fort Weaver Road from Farrington Highway to Hanakahi Street.
Kulaaupuni Street from Ohiohi Place to Kaukamana Street; and Kaukamana Street.
Haleiwa Bypass Road; and Helemano-Waialua Junction to Haleiwa Beach Park.
Kunia and Fort Weaver roads near the Kunia Interchange; Kupuna Loop to Farrington Highway; the H-1 freeway ramps 5, 5-A and 5-B and other Kunia Interchange on-ramps; and H-1, vicinity of Kunia Interchange.
Kilani Avenue from Holoku Place to Ilima Street; Whitmore Avenue from Kamehameha Highway to Military Gate; and Mala and Ilima streets.
Kahuamoku Place; Kipou Street from Hulahe to Honowai streets; Honowai Street from Kipou to Hoaeae streets; Hoaeae Street from Honowai Street to near the Hoaeae Pumping Station.
Heleconia Place; Moanalua Road from Punanani Channel to Pali Momi Street.
Waipahu Street to Waiawa Road.
H-1, Waimalu Viaduct to Halawa Interchange; and Moanalua Road from Kaahumanu Street to Moanalua Loop.
Farrington Highway, Leoole to Awanui streets; Paiwa to Leoku streets; Awanui Street to Waipio Point Access Road; and Pupupuhi Street to Waikele Road.
Ala Kapuna to Ala Napunani.
Makuahine and Kalihi streets; Dillingham Boulevard between Waiakamilo Road and North King Street; Kamanaiki Street from Violet to Laulani streets; Likelike Highway at the bridge; and North King, Moani, Laulani, Puolani, Noe and Pahulu streets.
Liliha Street from North King Street to Vineyard Boulevard.
Niolopua Drive; Kaohinani Drive from Kimo to Pelekane drives; Kahawalu Drive between Kaohinani and Niolopua drives; Dowsett Avenue to Hinalo Place; Pali Highway from Country Club Road to the tunnel entrance, including both roads to Pali Lookout; Kimo Drive bridge; and Old Pali Road.
Keawe Street on Ala Moana, South and Queen streets, and Nimitz Highway and River Street to end at Hotel Street; and Coral Street from Ala Moana to Auahi Street.
Round Top and Tantalus drives.
Kuulei Street from Kahoaloha Lane to University Avenue; and Kahoaloha Lane from Kuilei Lane to South King Street.
Keanu Street between 8th Avenue and Sierra Drive; and 9th and 10th avenues between Keanu Street and Waialae Avenue.
Aha Nui Place.
Maunahilu, Pakolu and Pili places; and Paula Drive between Maunahilu Place and Iwi Way.
Kamehameha Highway from Mahe Point to Lau Place.
Keala, Kawaipapa and Puuowaa roads; and Waikulama Street.
Ililani Street from Mokapu Boulevard to Iliwahi Loop; Iliwahi Loop to Ilimano Street; Iliaina Street from Ililani Street to Iliwahi Loop and from Ilihau Street to end; Ilikaa Place; Kalaheo Avenue; Alahaki and Akupa streets; Akupa and Nanaloko places; and Kainui Drive.
Flamingo and Ahiki streets; Kaaiai Street from Huli to Nakini streets; and Kumuhau Street from Waikupanaha to Mahailua streets.
Keaahala Road from Anoi Road to Keaahala Place; Likelike Highway from Valley View Drive to Kam IV Road; Kula Kulea Street to Valley View Drive; and Kahekili Highway at Likelike Highway.
Kalaniiki Street and Kalanikai Place.
Kalanianaole Highway from Nawiliwili Street to Sandy Beach Park entrance; and Hanauma Bay to Sandy Beach.