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APEC Alert, Chance of Storms, Protests Planned

The list of APEC related closures grows longer and longer and we're amping up our team coverage this morning on Sunrise. I've put all of the closure information at the bottom of this email, but you'll want to be sure and check out Taizo's traffic reports this morning. With the city's cameras shut down for security reasons, Taizo still has more resources than any other news source in town.

Here's a potential double whammy. On top of the restrictions, there's a slight chance of thunderstorms today. The threat increases the second half of this week for windier and wetter conditions. Dan has up to the minute forecasts from our Severe Weather Center every 10 minutes. He's also tracking Tropical Storm Sean, and forecasts for dangerous surf and rip currents in Bermuda and the U.S.

We caught more barriers going up on Kalakaua Avenue and will fill you in on another lane closure on Ala Moana Boulevard. Ramsay Wharton will have all the details you need to know, plus ask the City about the changes during a live briefing at 6:15 this morning.

Some World Leaders are already here for APEC. A viewer shared a picture of one of the motorcades moving through Waikiki last night. If you catch one too, post it on our website or facebook page and we'll use it on our news. Most of the participants will arrive tomorrow or Friday.

With the global attention on Honolulu for APEC, we have word of several protests. One is planned this Saturday during the dinner for World leaders. You'll find all of these APEC related stories in a special section on HawaiiNewsNow.com.

Plus, Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi will join Howard Dicus live at the Convention Center this morning and Steve chats with actor Lou Diamond Phillips about his new project that salutes our troops in time for Veterans' Day.

It all kicks off at 4:30 on Sunrise. Hope you can join us.

Aloha,

Tannya

APEC Closures for Today

The right lane of Ala Moana Boulevard heading into Waikiki will close Wednesday night from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. to allow crews to move security barriers.

The state Department of Transportation say the lane closure will start at Ward Avenue and end at Kalakaua Avenue.

State crews will move barriers and equipment from Fisherman's Wharf into Waikiki for use in security and traffic control during the APEC conference. 

The following parking prohibition will be enforced 24 hours-per-day until Sunday, November 13: 

  • Atkinson Drive, Kokohead (South) side only, from Ala Moana Boulevard to Kapiolani Boulevard.
  • Hobron Lane, ewa (North) side, from Kaioo Drive to Ala Moana Boulevard.
  • Hilton Hawaiian Lagoon parking lot-Harbors division.
  • Koa Avenue, makai side, 100 feet ewa (West) of Uluniu Avenue.
  • Ohua Avenue, ewa (West) side, makai of Kuhio Avenue.
  • Beachwalk, both sides, from South King Street to Kalakaua Avenue.

No parking will be permitted through Friday, November 11 between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on the following roadways:

  • Kaheka Street, Koko Head (South) side from Kapiolani Boulevard to S. King Street.
  • Makaloa Street, both sides from Kalakaua Avenue to Sheridan Street.
  • McCully Street, both sides, from South King Street to Kalakaua Avenue.

Convention Center Area Road Closures and Restrictions

Road closures will begin daily at approximately 6 a.m. and continue through approximately 7 p.m., on Tuesday, November 8, and ending on Friday, November 11.  No parking will be permitted on the following streets from November 8 through 11. 

Fencing and other physical barriers, as well as uniformed law enforcement officers, will be in place to assist the public with traffic flow and identifying the closed roads.  "No Parking" signs will be posted. 

Vehicular traffic will be limited to vehicles with a law enforcement purpose on the following roadways:

  • Kapiolani Boulevard, all lanes, from Kalakaua Avenue to Atkinson Drive.
  • Atkinson Drive, all lanes, from Kona Street to Kapiolani Boulevard.

Vehicular traffic will be limited but not closed on the following roadway:

  • Kalakaua Avenue, from Kapiolani Boulevard to the Ala Wai Canal will be open, but with reduced lanes.

There will be intermittent closures of other intersections in the vicinity of the Hawai'i Convention Center that may temporarily affect vehicular and pedestrian movement.

Convention Center Area Parking Restrictions

No parking will be allowed at any time from through Sunday, November 13 in affected areas.  Vehicular parking restrictions will be coordinated and enforced by the Honolulu Department of Transportation Services and the Honolulu Police Department.  Appropriate signs will be posted and enforced on the following roadways:

  • Kahakai Drive, both sides, throughout the entire length of the street.
  • Kapiolani Boulevard, both sides, from Kaheka Street to Kalakaua Avenue.
  • Kalauokalani Way, both sides, from Makaloa Street to Kapiolani Boulevard.

The following parking prohibition will be enforced 24 hours-per-day from Tuesday, November 8 through Sunday, November 13: 

  • Atkinson Drive, Kokohead (South) side only, from Ala Moana Boulevard to Kapiolani Boulevard.
  • Hobron Lane, ewa (North) side, from Kaioo Drive to Ala Moana Boulevard.
  • Hilton Hawaiian Lagoon parking lot-Harbors division.
  • Koa Avenue, makai side, 100 feet ewa (West) of Uluniu Avenue.
  • Ohua Avenue, ewa (West) side, makai of Kuhio Avenue.
  • Beachwalk, both sides, from South King Street to Kalakaua Avenue.

No parking will be permitted Tuesday, November 8 through Friday, November 11 between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on the following roadways:

  • Kaheka Street, Koko Head (South) side from Kapiolani Boulevard to S. King Street.
  • Makaloa Street, both sides from Kalakaua Avenue to Sheridan Street.
  • McCully Street, both sides, from South King Street to Kalakaua Avenue.

The following parking prohibition will be enforced for 24 hours on Friday, November 11: 

  • Beretania Street, makai (South) side only, from Punahou Street to Kalakaua Avenue.

Convention Center Area Pedestrian Restrictions

The following sidewalks and walkways will be continuously closed from Monday, November 7 through Sunday, November 13:

  •  Atkinson Drive, Kokohead (South) side only, from Kahakai Drive to Kapiolani Boulevard.
  •  Kapiolani Boulevard, Kokohead (South) side only, from Atkinson Drive to Kalakaua Avenue.
  •  Kalakaua Avenue, makai (West) side only, from Kapiolani Boulevard to Ala Wai Boulevard.
  •  The Promenade walkway from Kalakaua Avenue to the security barricade makai (South) of Kahakai Drive.

The following crosswalks will be closed 24 hours-per-day from Monday, November 7 through Sunday, November 13:

  •  Atkinson Drive/Kapiolani Boulevard, makai (South) side crosswalk.
  •  Kapiolani Boulevard/Kalakaua Avenue, Ewa (West) side crosswalk 
  •  Kalakaua Avenue/Pau Street.

November 7 - 10, Suspension of Kapiolani Blvd. Contra Flow
The City will suspend contra-flow coning on Kapiolani Boulevard and adjacent streets beginning Monday, November 7, at 3:30 p.m. through Thursday, November 10 due to APEC related road closures. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes and to expect delays.  Normal contra-flow coning is expected to resume for the morning commute on Monday, November 14. 

OAHU PARKS

Ala Moana Regional Park
10 p.m. on Sunday, November 6, to 10 p.m. on Monday, November 14

The Magic Island parking lot and the Ewa half of Ala Moana Park will be closed to the public. In addition, only emergency response vehicles will be allowed in Ala Moana Park; civilian vehicles will not be allowed to enter. There will be no public parking along Ala Moana Boulevard fronting the park. Pedestrians may walk to the park and beach and use the areas not designated for emergency response agencies

Ala Wai Community Park
Midnight on Monday, November 7, to midnight on Monday, November 14

The Ala Wai Community Center, including the parking lot, restrooms, canoe hale and areas up to the baseball field fence, will be closed to the public. Baseball and soccer fields will be open and accessible from the Koko Head side of the park.

Kapiolani Regional Park
Midnight on Monday, October 31, to midnight on Monday, November 14

All parking lots on Monsarrat Avenue, including the Waikiki Shell lots 1, 2, 3 and 4, and Paki/Monsarrat lot will be closed to the public. Soccer fields 4 and 5, along with picnic area 3, will also be closed. All other areas of the park will be open to the public.

Ala Wai Golf Course Ballroom
6 a.m. on Monday, November 7, to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15

The Diamond Head Ballroom will be closed to the public. The golf course and clubhouse will remain open.

  • ALA WAI HARBOR

From 6 p.m. Sunday  to Monday, November 14 access to the grounds of the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor and adjacent old helipad parking lot will be restricted.

All paid and public parking areas of the Ala Wai Harbor will be closed for security reasons during APEC. This includes all the free public parking at the helipad area, along the Hilton Lagoon and along the 600/700 rows within the facility.

Only vehicles operated by legitimate harbor tenants with a valid harbor decal will be allowed to enter via Holomoana Street and park in permit stalls. Vehicles can exit through Kahanamoku Street.

Pedestrians can enter via access near the Outrigger Reef Hotel. Use Public each Path 141A & Hilton Hawaiian village via Kahanamoku street. Boaters expect delays because of heightened security.

 Questions regarding refuse collection and disposal from November 7 through 13 click here.

Honolulu's traffic camera network will be temporarily off-line from 6:30 p.m. Monday, November 7 through November 14.

Go to Hawaii News Now's Facebook page for traffic updates.

The City Department of Transportation Services will suspend contra-flow coning on Kapiolani Boulevard and adjacent streets beginning Monday, November 7, at 3:30 p.m. through Thursday, November 10 due to APEC related road closures.

 

Motorists are advised to use alternate routes and to expect delays.

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