APEC Alert, Clinton In Town, & High Surf

All of the APEC road closures led up to this. This morning, one of the high profile participants is expected to arrive in Honolulu. Chinese President Hu Jintao is scheduled to touch down at joint base Pearl Harbor-Hickam during the morning commute. Ramsay Wharton will have live updates on Sunrise.

The City warns drivers of major traffic delays as World Leaders arrive and their motorcades hit the road. This could be the first day for closures on the H-1 and Nimitz. Taizo Braden will keep an eye on traffic and update us every 10 minutes. We'll also take you live to a briefing by City leaders at 6:15. I've included a complete list of today's restrictions and closures at the bottom of this email.

A note: President Obama is scheduled to arrive tomorrow night around 10:30 and Hawaii News Now will bring you live coverage as it happens.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will kick off a day of APEC meetings this morning at the East-West Center. She'll deliver remarks at about 11 a.m. in the morning. We will stream Secretary Clinton's speech live on

Also happening today, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will hold talks with other finance ministers at the Convention Center about the global economic recovery and job creation.

We're also following some breaking News that'll likely be a big topic at APEC talks today. A new Prime Minister has been named in Greece. How will markets respond?

There's now a high surf advisory in effect. Strong trade winds are producing rough and choppy surf to exposed east facing shores through the end of the week. In addition, a longer period north-northeast swell will arrive tomorrow. Dan Cooke will have weather updates every 10 minutes on Sunrise.

Plus, a moment Republican Presidential Hopeful Rick Perry would rather forget. During last night's GOP debate, one key detail completely slipped his mind. Now some say it could sink his campaign. Hear the gaffe, and what he's saying about it today.

See you on Sunrise!



APEC ALERT: Thursday closures & restrictions

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Here is a list of the APEC restrictions and closures for Thursday. We will post updated parking and street closures throughout the week.

Presidents, prime ministers, foreign secretaries and other world dignitaries will begin arriving in Honolulu Thursday. The City says the arrivals also mean road closures and area restrictions will happen at a moment's notice.

"If you plan to drive on Thursday morning, we strongly urge you to check with media or information sources prior to getting on the road," said DTS director Wayne Y. Yoshioka. "The City continues to remind the public to please plan ahead."

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.



 Convention Center Area Parking Restrictions

No parking will be allowed at any time from Monday, November 7 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

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.


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.


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.

Ala Wai Yacht Harbor and Canal
The security zone will begin November 10, 12:00 p.m. and conclude on November 13, 11:00 p.m. The zone consists of the first two boat rows at Ala Wai Harbor (Front Row, Work Dock, Loading Dock, Docks G, F, south face of D and X, Row 400) and the Ala Wai Canal from the Ala Wai Harbor to the McCully Street Bridge. There will be no movement of vessel traffic in these areas. All other vessel traffic will be permitted to move in and out of the remaining unrestricted zone.

The grounds of 'Iolani Palace closed at 5:00 pm on November 7 and will be reopened to the public on November 15, 2011 at 6:00 am.

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. 

 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.

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