As events commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack start Dec. 2, traffic concerns and security measures were addressed surrounding the anticipated 10,000 that will gather at Kilo Pier at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center on Wednesday, Dec. 7.
The basic message from Monday’s press conference was, if you can avoid the area during your workday commute, do so, as there will be greater than usual congestion and traffic delays.
Traffic will be modified that day as all town-bound lanes of Kamehameha Highway will be closed at McGrew Loop between 4 a.m. and noon.
Town-bound motorists on Kamehameha Highway will be detoured to H-201 Moanalua Freeway via Honomanu Street.
Electronic message boards will be set up to inform motorists of the closure. Traffic advisories will be also be available via the HPD’s Nixle text service.
Emergency vehicles and city buses will still be able to use Kamehameha Highway on Dec. 7. Some bus stops will be closed, and the one that’s inside the Arizona Memorial grounds will be temporarily relocated on Kamehameha Highway.
For those planning to attend the commemoration, the Aloha Stadium lower parking lots will open at 4 a.m. Shuttle service to either Kilo Pier or the visitor center will begin at 4:15-4:30 a.m.
There will be added security in the parking lots to screen people. No large bags and backpacks will be allowed.
There will be seating available to the public up to 2,800, after which there will be standing room only.
Shuttle service from the commemoration back to Aloha Stadium is expected to start around 9:15 a.m. at service end.
Traffic modifications and security precautions will also take place Dec. 2, 4, 5, 8 and 9 at Waikiki Beach during special commemorative events of free movie screenings honoring the branches of the military. Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the movie starting at 8 p.m.
Upwards of 10,000 people are expected to attend during those days.
There will be adjustments in TheBus Waikiki routes between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.
The intersection of Kalakaua Avenue and Monsarrat Avenue will be coned off for guest drop-offs.