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If you plan to visit Hawaii during the upcoming Pearl Harbor commemoration in Hawaii, you’ll want to factor-in heavy traffic for your day trips!
That’s because Honolulu police say traffic will rise to “nightmare” levels during parts of the 75th anniversary commemoration, which consists of about 54 events over the December 1-10 time period.
According to the Honolulu Star Advertiser, police said Pearl City, Aiea and Waikiki drivers will bear the brunt, with most disruptions occurring on Dec. 5 and Dec. 7. The National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Commemoration, set for Dec. 7 from 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. at Kilo Pier on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, likely will cause the most snarls.
“We are expecting over 4,000 people,” Honolulu Police Department Assistant Chief Clayton Kau told newspaper reporters. “At the same time, another 5,000 shipyard people have to get to work.”
Here’s a look at some of the expected snarls, according to the paper:
“If you don’t need to be in that area, please don’t,” said Capt. Gerald Kaneshiro, HPD major events division. “We need to facilitate getting people onto base in their personal cars or shuttle buses. It’s going to be a traffic nightmare.”
“All of this is occurring during the peak morning traffic hour,” said Ishikawa, who also serves on the commemoration planning committee. “Please be aware of the traffic situation and stay out of the area if possible.”
Ishikawa said that those who wish to see the event but don’t need to be there can watch the ceremony on live stream online, in Waikiki at the Sunset on the Beach screens, or at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center theaters from 7 to 9:30 a.m. She said the event also will be live-streamed at Times Square in New York City and several other mainland locations.
“We are expecting a lot of tourists. There are also about 2,000 band members — kids from the U.S. mainland,” Kau said.
“We’re expecting 5,000 to 10,000 people for the Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band concert,” said HPD’s Kaneshiro. “We’ll have road closures and modifications similar to the ‘Hawaii Five-0’ premiere set-ups.”
If you’ve booked a Hawaii activity through Hawaii Aloha Travel, make sure you talk to your tour professional about extending your pick-up/drop-off window during this time. That way, you don’t have to miss-out on any part of your activity or excursion.