ATTACK OF THE CONES
GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARBULLETIN.COM
Passers-by looked confused yesterday as to the purpose of mysterious objects being stored at Kapiolani Park. While they might look like the encampment of an invading army, they are actually swim lane markers that will be used at this weekend's JAL Honolulu Triathlon. Those who live between Waikiki and Kalama Valley in Hawaii Kai can expect delays and road closures tomorrow and Sunday due to triathlon events.
Roads to close
East Oahu residents from Waikiki to Kalama Valley can expect some traffic delays and road closures tomorrow and Sunday because of the JAL Honolulu Triathlon and World Cup events.
In addition, bus riders who board along the course routes might be forced to catch the bus at temporary stops.
Police will close the eastbound lanes of Kalakaua Avenue from Monsarrat Avenue to the Waikiki Aquarium at 7 tonight so organizers can set up the finish line. It will remain closed until Sunday afternoon.
More streets will be closed for the world cup course tomorrow, and for the amateurs' age group course Sunday.
Diamond Head Road, Monsarrat Avenue, Kalakaua Avenue from Kaiulani Avenue and Kapahulu Avenue past Lemon Road will be closed from 8 a.m. Saturday for the professional and elite triathletes who are competing for International Triathlon Union World Cup points. In addition, Makapuu, 18th and Kilauea avenues bordering Kapiolani Community College will be closed for the bicycle portion of the course.
Organizers will begin reopening streets as competitors move from the bicycle leg to the run portion of the event, and hope to have the rest of the streets open by 2 p.m.
On Sunday the same portions of Kalakaua and Kapahulu avenues will be closed at 6 a.m. However, only the section of Monsarrat between Kalakaua and Paki avenues and the portion of Diamond Head Road to Triangle Park will be closed.
One lane will be closed for each direction of the down-and-back bicycle course on Kahala and Kealaolu avenues, Kalanianaole Highway, Lunalilo Home Road, Hawaii Kai Drive, Kilauea Avenue and Elepaio Street. Organizers will begin opening the bicycle lanes to vehicular traffic at 10:30 a.m.
On both days, police officers will be stationed to allow motorists to cross the bicycle courses.
Organizers hope to have all streets reopened by 3 p.m. Sunday.