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More Delays, Obama Arrives, Helicopter Crash Update

This Aloha Friday will be a busy one for APEC arrivals. The leaders of the Philippines, Japan, Korea, Russia, Canada and Mexico are among the high profile heads of state who will make their way to Hawaii for the Summit today. Our Ramsay Wharton will be at Joint base Pearl Harbor-Hickam bringing us live coverage throughout Sunrise.

The steady stream of VIP arrivals means more traffic delays. Yesterday, we saw the backlog caused by the closure of H-1 while Chinese President Hu Jintao's motorcade left the base. Today, keep in mind that there are multiple motorcades, and tightened security. Already, there are checkpoints for all vehicles travelling into Waikiki via Ala Moana Boulevard. Taizo will keep an eye on the roads and bring us traffic updates every 10 minutes. I've posted the full list of restrictions we know about at the bottom of this email.

We'll carry the APEC briefing from the City live this morning at 6:15 on Sunrise to hear more about changes today. You'll find a comprehensive list of restrictions and closures on our website.

Look for live coverage tonight on Hawaii News Now as President Obama returns home. He's expected around 10:30 PM. Before then, he's marking veterans day with a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Sunrise will carry that live for you this morning. Next stop for the Obamas? San Diego for an historic NCAA basketball game between Michigan State and North Carolina aboard the USS Carl Vinson. That's the same navy ship that carried Osama bin Laden's body for its burial at sea.

On tap for APEC today: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will discuss the economy at the CEO summit. President Aquino of the Philippines will also give a speech.

We're also following the helicopter crash on Molokai that killed five people. Lisa Kubota is on Maui and will call in with live reports.

Texas Governor Rick Perry is laughing off his own brain lapse at Wednesday night's GOP Presidential debate. He appeared on Late Night with David Letterman to read the top ten list "Top Ten Excused by Rick Perry. Here's one to get you started. Number ten: There are 3 things. 1. Nerves. 2. Headaches. 3. Um, uh. Oops. For the rest of the list, you'll have to join us for Sunrise.

Aloha and Happy Veterans Day!

Tannya

APEC ALERT: Friday closures & restrictions

Here is a list of the APEC restrictions and closures for Friday. We will post updated parking and street closures throughout the weekend.

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

WAIKIKI APEC RESTRICTIONS BEGIN

"Checkpoint Waikiki" begins at 5 a.m. tomorrow morning. Anyone traveling into Waikiki on Ala Moana at Atkinson will be subject to vehicle security checks.

Residents/Businesses near the Hale Koa Hotel: Impact for this area will begin at approximately 10 p.m. Friday, November 11, and continue through approximately 11:59 p.m. Saturday, November 12.

Luana Waikiki Hotel/Residences 2045 Kalakaua Avenue:

Residents vehicle access to the hotel complex will be facilitated through a security checkpoint at Kalakaua Avenue and Ala Moana Boulevard. Residents will be required to show photo identification as proof of residence such as a valid driver's license, state identification card, valid military identification card or passport which will be cross referenced with a hotel list by Luana Waikiki staff. Any visitor's accessing this complex must be escorted by a resident. Visitors without a residential escort will not be allowed access.

Pedestrian access for residents and guests will be at the King Kalakaua Park entry/Access point. Residents will be required to show photo identification as proof of residence such as a valid driver's license, state identification card, valid military identification card or passport which will be cross referenced with a hotel list by Luana Waikiki staff.

Aloha Mini Mart Gas Station, 2025 Kalakaua Avenue:

Access to this business will be restricted to Luana Waikiki residents and guests for purchases. After conducting business, patrons will not be permitted to loiter and must return to their residence. Mini Mart employees will be facilitated through a security checkpoint at Kalakaua Avenue and Ala Moana Boulevard. Gas pump usage will be restricted to law enforcement/military security personnel only.

Elite parking, Kalakaua Avenue:

Company employees will be facilitated through a security checkpoint at Kalakaua Avenue and Ala Moana Boulevard.

U.S. Post Office, 300 Saratoga Avenue:

This business will be closed while the secure zone is in operation. All customers requiring U.S. Postal Service related service on November 12 between 9:00 a.m. To 1:00 p.m. will be directed to alternative USPS locations. US Postal Service customers maintaining post office boxes at this location will not be allowed access while the secure zone is in operation.

Fort Derussy Army Museum:

This business will be closed.

Hale Koa Beach and Hale Koa Park:

No public access. These areas are restricted to APEC access only.  The public will be able to access public beach areas near the Outrigger Reef Hotel by utilizing Public Beach Path 141A on Kalia Road and Hilton Hawaiian Village via Kahanamoku Street.

Hilton Hawaiian Village, Ilikai Marina Condos, The Modern Hotel, Hawaii Prince Hotel and Ala Wai Yacht Harbor:

Residents and guests must utilize Ala Moana Boulevard, EASTBOUND (Koko Head)  and turn on Holomoana Street, behind the Hawaii Prince Hotel, go through the vehicle sweep checkpoint and continue on Holomoana Street to their destination.

All residents and guests entering the vehicle security checkpoing on Holomoana Street will utilize Kahanamoku Street to exit the properties listed above. There will be no access to or from Ala Moana Boulevard, Kalia Road or Paoa Place.

Hilton Hawaiian Village guests should utilize Public Beach west for beach access.

Waikiki Beach Closures

Surfers were concerned that Waikiki beaches would be closed for the APEC conference, but the City has announced only a part of Waikiki beach will be closed for one day. Honolulu City Councilmember Tulsi Gabbard says the beach fronting the Hilton will be closed starting at 11 p.m. on November 11 through November 12.

Diamond Head crater

Diamond Head crater will be off limits from 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, until 6 a.m.   Monday, Nov. 14. Officials will use the interior of the crater for training and staging equipment during the conference.

 

  • APEC ROAD CLOSURES:

 The closures will begin at approximately 10 p.m. Friday, November 11, and continue through approximately 11:59 p.m. Saturday, November 12.

  • Ala Moana Boulevard will be divided in half by the existing median and concrete jersey barrier to create two sets of EASTBOUND (Koko Head) traffic lanes from Kahanamoku Street to Kalakaua Avenue. The Inner EASTBOUND (Koko Head) traffic lanes of Ala Moana Boulevard, will be RESTRICTED TO APEC ACCESS ONLY.
  •  Ala Moana Boulevard, WESTBOUND (Ewa) side lanes will run EASTBOUND(Koko Head) ONLY from Kahanamoku Street to Kalakaua Avenue and remain open to unrestricted vehicular, pedestrian and general public traffic.
  • Kalakaua Avenue will be divided in half by concrete jersey barrier for the EASTBOUND (Koko Head) lanes creating restricted and unrestricted zones.
  • Kalakaua Avenue from Ala Moana Boulevard to Saratoga Road will be RESTRICTED TO APEC ACCESS ONLY. The EASTBOUND (Koko Head) lanes OUTSIDE of the APEC ACCESS ONLY lanes will be OPEN for general public and run from Ala Moana Blvd to the Kalakaua Avenue/Kuhio Avenue split where all general public traffic will be diverted onto Kuhio Avenue.
  • Saratoga Road will be divided in half by concrete jersey barrier to create two sets of lanes between Kalakaua Avenue and Kalia Road. Saratoga Road, WESTBOUND (Ewa) side lanes will be RESTRICTED TO APEC ACCESS ONLY. Saratoga Road, EASTBOUND (Koko Head) side lanes will remain open with unrestricted access by the general public, residents and businesses.
  •  Kalia Road will be restricted from Ala Moana Boulevard to Saratoga Road for APEC ACCESS ONLY.
  • General public requiring vehicle access to Saratoga Road, Beachwalk Road, and Kalia Road from Saratoga Road to Helumoa Road, must enter at Lewers Street and will be subject to a vehicle security screening on Lewers Street between Helumoa Road and Kalia Road. Lewers Street, during the restricted closures, will run SOUTHBOUND (Makai) against the normal traffic pattern from Kuhio Avenue to Kalakaua Avenue to allow access for vehicles entering the Lewers Street security checkpoint.
  • All lanes of Beachwalk Road traffic will run NORTHBOUND (Mauka) ONLY against the normal traffic pattern toward Kalakaua Avenue.
  • There will be intermittent closures of other intersections in the vicinity of the Hale Koa that will periodically affect vehicular and pedestrian movement.
     
  • 24 HOUR PARKING ENFORCEMENT

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.

  • RESTRICTED PARKING ZONE
     
  • Ala Moana Boulevard, EASTBOUND (Koko Head) from Kamakee Street to Atkinson Drive.
  • Ala Moana Boulevard, EASTBOUND (Koko Head) and WESTBOUND (Ewa) lanes between Holomoana Street and Kalakaua Avenue.
  • Hobron Lane from Holomoana Street to Ala Moana Boulevard.
  • Kalakaua Avenue between Ala Moana Boulevard and Saratoga Road.
  • Olohana Street between Kalakaua Avenue and Kuhio Avenue.
  • Kalaimoku Street between Kalakaua Avenue and Kuhio Avenue.
  • Lewers Street between Kalakaua Avenue and Kuhio Avenue.
  • Lauula Street between Lewers Street and Seaside Avenue.
  • Helumoa Street between Lewers Street and end of roadway.
  • Beachwalk Road between Kalakaua Avenue and Kalia Road.
  • Saratoga Road between Kalakaua Avenue and Kalia Road.
  • Kalia Road between Saratoga Road and Ala Moana Boulevard.
  • McCully Street, EASTBOUND (Koko Head) side lanes from Ala Wai Boulevard to Kalakaua Avenue.
  • McCully Street, all lanes South King Street to Kapiolani Boulevard.
  • Niu Street between Ala Wai Boulevard to Kalakaua Avenue.
  • Pau Street between Ala Wai Boulevard to Kalakaua Avenue.
  • Keoniana Street between Ala Wai Boulevard to Kalakaua Avenue.
  • Kuamoo Street between Ala Wai Boulevard to Kuhio Avenue. 

Pedestrian Screening: Pedestrians who approach the secure perimeter fencing around the Hale Koa will be subject to a visual inspection for weapons. 

  • CONVENTION CENTER AREA 

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 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. 

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.

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.

Kamokila Community Park 
Midnight on Saturday, November 12, to midnight on Monday, November 14

The park and parking areas will be closed to the public.  

  • 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. 

Marina/Waterway Restriction:

The public will see an increased U.S. Coast Guard presence on the water beginning November 11 through November 14 as units of the Coast Guard Sector 14, Honolulu, begin operating an increased patrol schedule throughout the Honolulu and Waikiki areas during APEC.

The Coast Guard's initiatives are one of many layers of increased security during the APEC. The Coast Guard will continue to perform it's standard missions of search, rescue, and law enforcement in addition to their homeland security responsibilities. 

Restricted parking Zone:

Vehicular parking restrictions at Ala Wai harbor will be coordinated and enforced. All affected areas will be posted with "Emergency No Parking" signage. The restrictions will not be enforced until November 7 at 6:00 a.m. However, due to ongoing preparations in the area, some parking spaces may be utilized by vendors related to the event starting as early as November 6. This start time will be reflected on the "Emergency No Parking" signs. The restrictions will end on November 13 at 11:59 p.m.  

Ala Wai Yacht Harbor and Canal Security Zone:

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.  

West Waikiki Zone:

This security zone will begin November 11, at 11:00 p.m. and conclude November 12, 11:00 p.m. This zone encompasses the beach access areas behind the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Hale Koa Hotel and Fort DeRussy Park. The zone will extend 2,000 yards offshore. The beach access is restricted to all personnel and vessels. No public access.  

East Waikiki Zone:

This security zone will begin November 11, at 11:00 p.m. and concludes November 12, 11:00 p.m. This zone encompasses the beach access areas East of Fort DeRussy Park and continues to the Sheraton Waikiki. The zone is closed for vessel traffic ONLY and will remain OPEN for general public.  

Honolulu International Airport Zone:

This security zone will begin November 11, at 11:00 p.m. and conclude November 14, 12:00 p.m. This zone extends 3,000 yards off shore and bordered by the Day Beacon 13 and Kalihi Channel Buoy No .5. The zone is closed to all vessel traffic.  

Hale Koa Area Road Closures/Parking Restrictions/Pedestrian Screening: Impact for this area will begin at approximately 10;00 p.m. on Friday, November 11, and continue through approximately 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, November 12.

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. 

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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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