Dodging a traffic nightmare deja vu at Bayfest

Debbie Bookatz
Debbie Bookatz

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

KANEOHE BAY (HawaiiNewsNow) - Topping off a triple-whammy weekend is Bayfest and the Kaneohe Bay Airshow.

But remember the massive traffic mess from last year? Organizers say they've learned their lesson, and have a plan to dodge a deja vu this year.

100,000 people are expected to show up, over the next two days.

But only 14,000 parking spots are available.

Can't avoid the gridlock completely, but Bayfest organizers say they can smooth it out.

The Blue Angels airshow is so exhilarating, our own Steve Uyehara sacrificed his stomach to taste the thrill.

The upside is the adrenaline-pumping performance.

The downside is getting there.

Who could forget last year's bumper-to-bumper nightmare on H-3, when drivers got stuck for hours, trying to catch Bayfest's star attraction, the Black Eyed Peas.

It took some fans three hours just to go the final two miles to the show.

So this year, organizers are urging folks to carpool, walk, or take the bus.

Routes #70 and #56 will take riders close to the gates at Kaneohe Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

"You can catch the city bus to Aikahi Park and walk to our front gate or back gate and catch a shuttle from there, directly to the airshow," said Marketing Director, Debbie Bookatz.

46 shuttles will run between the gates and the airshow site.

Service is from 9:00 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

And new this year, organizers have paired up with, which is posted on Bayfest's web site.

It gives real-time traffic data.

You can select a region or a highway like H-3, and get camera views of different routes in the area.

The images refresh every five minutes.

"You can see what's going on in different parts of the island, figure out your route, how you want to get to the Kaneohe Marine Base," said Bookatz.

And to encourage folks to ride their bikes?

"We'll have an area where you can park your bike at our back gate on Mokapu Road and catch the shuttle there," said Bookatz.

But the best way to avoid a traffic headache, is to come in the morning.

Gates open at 9:00 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday, giving families an early start to enjoy a gravity-defying time.

The airshow runs from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. with the Blue Angels as the grand finale.

The music line-up features several local bands including King of Spade and Uncle Willie K.

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