With many local and out of state entrants expected, the Honolulu Ekiden Relay Run will again be held on the streets of Hawaii from Kapiolani Park to Sandy Beach and back. Despite the best efforts to minimize traffic disruptions resulting from this race, some road closures will occur. Coordination with the Honolulu Police Department and Department of Transportation has determined that the following traffic closures necessary. Hopefully knowledge of road closures will enable drivers to avoid needless frustration and undesirable delays by planning in advance.
Kalakaua Avenue (mauka side) from Monsarrat Ave. to Diamond Head Road will be closed at 3:30am. Following the start of the race at 5:30am. Ewa bound traffic will flow from the fountain to Monsarrat Ave. (leaving only the section from the fountain to Diamond Head Rd. closed through the end of the event.
Diamond Head Road (mauka side) beginning at 4:30am.from Kalakaua Ave. / Paki Ave. intersection the mauka side of the road will be closed until 18th Ave. The makai side is open to traffic throughout. 18th Ave. between Diamond Head Rd. and Kilauea Ave. will be coned with the Hawaii Kai side being closed to traffic at 5:00am (Ewa side open). Both directions of traffic will be opened once the runners pass through this area at approximately 6:00am.
Kilauea Ave. (makai side lane only) 18th Ave. to Waialae Ave. will be being coned and closed to traffic at approximately 5:00am and will remain closed until the conclusion of the event at approximately 11:30am. Traffic flow will remain open in all other lanes (only the makai lane is closed). Traffic to and from business and residence driver ways, etc. will remain open but will require caution when crossing the conned “running lane”.
Kilauea Ave. (makai lane) from 18th Ave. to Makapuu Ave. will be coned/closed to traffic from approximately 6:30am to 11:15am. Traffic and roads will resume in normal fashion once the last runner has passed.
Makapuu Ave. (Hawaii Kai side) running from Kilauea Ave. to Diamond Head Rd. will be coned/closed to traffic from approximately 6:30am to 11:15am. Traffic and roads will resume in normal fashion once the last runner has passed.
Kalanianaole Hwy. (makai lane only) will be coned and closed to traffic from end of H-1 to Lunalilo Home Rd. beginning at 4:30am. Traffic from residence and business can cross the coned lane to exit using caution and care. HPD officers will be placed along the route at major intersections.
Kalanianaole Hwy. from Lunalilo Home Road intersection (makai lane) to Sandy Beach will be closed to traffic with street closures beginning at 5:00am. Town bound traffic will remain open along this route. HPD and GP Roadway will follow the last runner with a rolling opening of the roads beginning at 8:30am from Sandy Beach. As the last runner progresses back to Kapiolani Park, the roads will be opened.
Detour: Hawaii Kai (Hanauma Bay/Sandy Beach) – From the Lunalilo Home Rd. Kalanianaole Hwy. intersection, take Lunalilo Home Rd. to Hawaii Kai Drive (rt) to Kealahou Street (rt) to Kalanianaole Hwy. (rt). Town bound direction is open for traffic.
Detour: Hawaii Kai (Portlock) – Those exiting from Portlock will need to exit from the Portlock Rd and Kalanianaole Hwy exit or the Nawiliwili Street exit at Kalanianaole Hwy from approximately 5:00am to 9:45am. All roadways will remain closed for the return route. HPD and coning trucks will follow the last runner and remove cones, signs and traffic controls and traffic will be back to normal. All roads are expected to be open and back to normal by 11:30am.
The Honolulu Police Department will attempt to let cross-traffic flow through once the bulk of the racers have passed. The course will begin opening up as runners return from Sandy Beach at 8:30AM. HPD and GP Roadway Systems will begin a rolling opening of the course as the traffic flow as the race moves Ewa bound back to Kapiolani Park. Your patience, support, and consideration through the past few years has been greatly appreciated. The Honolulu Ekiden Relay Run could not occur without the outpouring of community spirit each year.
Any questions, suggestions or comments are most welcomed and may be addressed to Race Director:
2250 Kalakaua Ave., Suite 406, Honolulu, HI 96815