Traffic Alert: Busy holiday weekend in Hawaii

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It will be a busy weekend across the state with King Kamehameha celebrations and the Pan-Pacific Festival.

King Kamehameha celebrations:

On Oahu :

The King Kamehameha celebrations begin at 3:30 p.m. Friday with the Lei-draping ceremony at the King Kamehameha statue at Aliiolani Hale.

The 96th Annual King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade starts at 9 a.m. Saturday and goes from Iolani Palace to Kapiolani Park.

The event is expected to have 6,000 marchers, 50 vehicles, 10 floats & 8 bands.  It will start at King St./Richards St., to King St., to Punchbowl St., to Ala Moana Blvd., to Kalakaua Ave., to Monsarrat Ave., to end at Queen Kapiolani Park.

If you can't make it in person, tune into K5 The Home Team, for all the live action. Sunrise's Steve Uyehara, Tannya Joaquin, Ramsay Wharton, and Billy V will be your hosts. Coverage begins at 9:00 a.m.

The King Kamehameha Hoolaulea goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Kapiolani Park.

On Big Island:

Kona: King Kamehameha Parade on Saturday June 16 at 9 a.m. on Alii Drive. Hoolaulea at Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a free concert featuring Grammy award-winning Cyril Pahinui, Darlene Ahuna and more.

Hilo: Lei Draping ceremony on Sunday June 10 at 5 p.m. at the King Kamehameha Statue, Hilo bayfront.  Kamehameha Day Hoolaulea at Coconut Island, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Waimea: On Sunday April 22 there will be a Pa`u demonstration at Anna's Ranch from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The public is welcomed to attend and learn about the many components of and fascinating history of Pa`u riding.

Kohala: Monday, June 11 - Lei Draping Ceremony at the King Kamehameha Statue at 8 a.m., Floral Parade at 9 a.m. and a Hoolaulea at 10 a.m.

On Maui:

Saturday, June 16 - Hoolaulea at Kamehameha Iki Park at 9 a.m., Parade at Front Street at 9:45 a.m.

On Kauai:

King Kamehameha Celebration parade will be held on Saturday June 16th at 9 a.m. Hoolaulea to follow.

Pan-Pacific Festival on Oahu

Motorists should expect travel delays into Waikiki due to the Pan-Pacific Festival's Hoolaulea block party and parade. Both events will shutdown Kalakaua Avenue for two separate periods of time on Friday, June 8 and Sunday, June 10. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes.

Friday Evening - 33RD ANNUAL Pan-Pacific MATSURI Waikiki Hoolaulea


The event is expected to have 30,000 + participants. Traffic will be diverted starting 4:30 pm for setup. The event will close all traffic lanes/sidewalk areas on Kalakaua Avenue, from Lewers St to Kaiulani Ave. Roads will reopen at the discretion of the Honolulu Police. The block party runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday- 33RD ANNUAL Pan-Pacific MATSURI Waikiki PARADE


* from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Pan-Pacific Parade runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
The event is expected to have 2,000 marchers, 19 vehicles, 3 floats & 4 bands.  It will start at Kalakaua Ave. at Saratoga Rd./Fort DeRussy, to Kalakaua Ave., to end at Queen Kapiolani Park.

Alternate Routes:
On Sunday, Kalia Road will turn into a two-way road from Saratoga Avenue toward the Halekulani and Sheraton Waikiki during the parade. Motorists can take Ala Moana Boulevard to Kalia Road, across Saratoga Road and up Lewers Street to access Halekulani, Outrigger on the Beach, Sheraton Waikiki and The Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

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