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CITY VEHICLES WILL PARADE THROUGH DOWNTOWN

 

            Street closures for the annual Honolulu City Lights Public Workers Electric Light Parade on the evening of Saturday, December 4, 2004 may affect the movement of motorists in the Chinatown and Downtown areas.  The King Street parade starts at 6:00 p.m. at River Street arriving at Honolulu Hale about 6:30 p.m.

It is suggested that motorists bound for Chinatown and Downtown Honolulu arrive well before 5:00 p.m.  Special traffic controls will be in place to allow access to parking at Mark's Garage, Macy's and the Chinatown Gateway parking lots from Beretania Street for those attending the Jim Nabors' Christmas Concert at Hawaii Theatre or having dinner in the area.  Parking is also available in the Smith Beretania Park parking garage.

Bus stops on King Street will be temporary relocated to Hotel Street.  See posted signs at TheBus stops for stop relocation information.

            At 5:45 p.m., makai-bound traffic on Maunakea Street and Nuuanu Avenue from Beretania Street will be detoured east-bound on to Pauahi Street.  Bethel Street will be converted into a two-way street between Hotel Street and the Macy's parking lot driveway.  If needed, there will be a break in the parade and traffic will be allowed to go makai on Nuuanu Avenue to Nimitz Highway.  Smith Street will be closed makai of Pauahi Street.  Bishop Street will become two-way between Beretania Street and the Executive Center parking lot driveway.

            The popular Electric Light Parade, co-sponsored by the City, the Friends of Honolulu City Lights, Hawaiian Electric Company, AAA Hawaii, and Cutter Chevrolet, features the City's vehicles decorated with holiday lights and special decorations.  Among the units will be several fire vehicles, a refuse collection truck, an ambulance, the new E-Transit bus, the zoo train, a dump truck and other service vehicles.  Fifteen high school bands will also participate.  The first vehicle will reach King and Punchbowl Streets around 6:30 p.m.

            After the parade, the vehicles will remain on King Street in front of Honolulu Hale until 8:15 p.m. so children and their families can see the decorated "work-a-day" vehicles up close.

            Details on all street closures and parking restrictions are as follows.

 

PARADE ROUTE

The parade proceeds east on North King Street beginning at River Street and ends at Honolulu Hale.  Vehicles will park in the closed area on South King between Punchbowl and Alapai streets until 8:15 p.m.

STREET CLOSURES

11:00 a.m.:  King Street, mauka lane closest to Honolulu Hale:  Coning of the affected lane will be in effect for the set up of the tree lighting ceremony.

1:30 p.m.:  Barricades will be placed on both sides of King Street from Richards to Punchbowl streets.

3:00 p.m.:  Barricades will be placed on both sides of King Street from Punchbowl to South streets.

3:30 p.m.:  Curb lanes on North King Street between Beretania and River Streets, and Iwilei Road from Kuwili Street to King Street will be closed for parade vehicle staging.

4:30 p.m.:  Punchbowl Street closed between Beretania and King Streets.  Traffic will be detoured to Beretania.

5:00 p.m.:  North King Street closed from Liliha to River streets.  Eastbound traffic on King Street detoured to Liliha Street and Dillingham Boulevard.  City buses will be detoured to Beretania Street and onto Hotel Street.

5:05 p.m.:  King Street between Punchbowl and Alapai/South Streets closed.

5:45 p.m.:

            Richards, Alakea and River streets mauka of King street along the parade route will begin to be closed at Beretania Street.  Bishop will be two-way between Beretania and the Executive Center parking lot driveway.

            Makai-bound traffic on Maunakea will be detoured to Pauahi Street.

            Bethel Street will become two-way between Hotel Street and Macy's parking lot entrance.

            Pauahi Street will be closed west of Maunakea Street and east of Bethel Street.

            Kekaulike, Maunakea, Smith and Nuuanu streets makai of King Street will be closed at Nimitz Highway.  Bethel Street will be closed at Merchant Street.  Alakea and Mililani streets will be closed at Queen Street.

6:00 p.m.:  King Street from River to Alapai/South streets, closed progressively and will reopen progressively after the parade.  Except for King Street from Punchbowl to Alapai/South streets which will remain closed until 9:00 p.m.

 

PARKING PROHIBITIONS

No parking (cars will be towed) after 1:00 p.m. to 12 midnight on Saturday, December 4, 2004 on the following streets:

PUNCHBOWL ST., Beretania St to King St, both sides.

PUNCHBOWL ST., King St to Queen St, Ewa side.

KING ST., Both sides River to South Street.

KING ST., Kawaiahao Street to South Street, Makai side

KAWAIAHAO ST., closest to King St, parking meters (4)on the Ewa side and parking meters (4) on the Koko Head side.

 

No Parking (cars will be towed) from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Saturday, December 4, 2004.

BERETANIA ST., both sides, River Street to N. King Street

RIVER ST., both sides, N. Beretania Street to Hotel St.

 

 

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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

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