APEC ALERT: Expect extra restrictions

By Taizo Braden and Ramsay Wharton

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - You've seen reports for weeks about traffic restrictions in Waikiki and at Ko Olina during the APEC meetings, but even if you read every word you haven't got the full story yet.

That's because security officials, including but not limited to the Secret Service, are rethinking those plans all the time. More streets could be temporarily blocked because of a specific credible threat, second thoughts about the safety of a venue, or merely a passing motorcade.

In instances of special events involving world leaders meeting in congested areas, it is not unusual for additional security precautions to be dynamically adopted after the original plans have been announced.

Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle, Managing Director Doug Chin, Transportation Services Director Wayne Yoshioka and Environmental Services Director Tim Steinberger were expected to announce additional restrictions at a news conference Monday morning. But what is already known is already quite restrictive.

Road closures in front of the Hawaii Convention Center will make Kapiolani Boulevard impassible as a commuter artery, though the actual closure will be only a block or so.

Atkinson Drive will also be closed in front of the Convention Center and some lanes of Kalakaua Ave. will be restricted. There will be one lane inbound and two outbound part of the time.

Even the pedestrian crossways in front of the Convention Center will be accessible only to delegates and journalists with the proper credentials.

As a practical matter the only reasonably normal western entry to Waikiki will be on McCully St., where parking will be prohibited to facilitate the movement of extra traffic.

The extensive network of Honolulu traffic cameras will be commandeered for security purposes, and won't be available for viewing on the air or online. HawaiiNewsNow has made other arrangements to get the traffic information you need.

Parking restrictions began to take effect Sunday. For example, you won't be able to use the parking lot at Magic Island all week, and the ewa side of the park itself is entirely off-limits.

At the Diamond Head end of Waikiki, much of Kapiolani Regional Park will be off-limits including the Waikiki Shell and the Monsarrat and Paki parking areas.

Full beach and park closure information, including many details not recounted in this story, can be found HERE.

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