Roads reopened following fallen tree across Pali Highway

Mokapu Saddle Road near Kalaheo High School
Mokapu Saddle Road near Kalaheo High School

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - [Update 7:30 p.m.]

The roadway along town-bound lanes of Kalanianaole Highway and Kapaa Quarry Road have been reopened, according to HPD.

[Original story]

A large Banyan tree fell across the Pali Highway in Kailua early Friday afternoon, initially blocking almost all the lanes of the roadway.

The tree fell between Kapaa Quarry Road and Castle Junction, cutting off all Honolulu-bound lanes. The tree also blocked all of the Kailua-bound lanes of the highway except for the shoulder lane.

At 2:45 p.m., the Department of Transportation reopened all the Kailua-bound lanes, but officials say traffic heading in that direction remains a mess because the lanes were closed for nearly two hours.

Crews are still working to clear the tree and are diverting town-bound traffic to Kapaa Quarry.  At 6:15 p.m. traffic reporter Danielle Tucker tweeted, "It's gonna be another 1 to 2 hours before Kalanianaole Hwy is open Honolulu bound. Downed tree still being cut up and hauled away."

There were no reports of any injuries or damage to cars.

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