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Obama's motorcade will close roads

The American president and other leaders arrive today, snarling routes into Waikiki

By Dan Nakaso and Gregg K. Kakesako

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LAST UPDATED: 01:53 a.m. HST, Nov 11, 2011


Despite today's arrival of President Barack Obama and at least nine other delegations for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, traffic congestion could ease up with fewer cars on the road because of today's Veterans Day holiday, state transportation officials said.

But drivers should continue to expect unannounced, APEC-related delays through Tuesday, city officials said.

Drivers continued to complain about traffic Thursday after Humvees and armed soldiers blocked some Honolulu intersections to guard the arrival of Chinese President Hu Jintao for the APEC conference. Some roads between Honolulu Airport and Waikiki were closed for 40 minutes, city transportation officials said.

Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang also arrived later on Thursday.

"I think the worst is over," said Dan Meisenzahl, state Department of Transportation spokesman.

People trying to avoid APEC-related congestion have called the DOT to find out "when the motorcades are coming," Meisenzahl said. But when DOT officials tell the callers that the Secret Service keeps motorcade routes secret for security reasons, "they're not happy," Meisenzahl said.

APEC barricades and road closures also prompted the city's Department of Environmental Services to close all refuse facilities on Sunday -- and to postpone Saturday's bulky item collections in Waikiki until Tuesday.

City transportation officials also will continue to detour bus routes in and around Waikiki because of the security zone around the Hawai'i Convention Center.

Mayor Peter Carlisle warned drivers to expect at least an hour's delay today as authorities close portions of Nimitz Highway and the H-1 freeway and some feeder roads --from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to Waikiki -- to accommodate dignitaries' motorcades.

Hu's arrival after 8 a.m. Thursday was accompanied by heavily armed soldiers and armored Humvees that blocked feeder roads to the H-1 freeway, such as the Pali Highway offramp, backing up morning traffic as far as Waokanaka Road in Nuuanu Valley.

Roadblocks and other delays have disrupted morning commutes across the island this week and have been particularly heavy in East Honolulu, Meisenzahl said.

"People have to remember that what we're dealing with on the east side is what people experience every day on the west side," he said.

In general, Meisenzahl said, "traffic is moving but it's not moving very quickly."

Air Force One is scheduled to touch down at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam tonight. Obama's arrival will temporarily close portions of Nimitz Highway and the H-1 freeway -- and some feeder roads -- so Obama's motorcade can travel to the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki.

Obama will host a reception and dinner for APEC leaders Saturday night at the Hale Koa Hotel in Waikiki.

Traffic will be disrupted again on Sunday when the APEC leaders and their entourages travel from Waikiki to the JW Marriott Hawaii hotel at Ko Olina, where the Coast Guard will enforce a maritime security zone "to ensure the safety of the president of the United States and his official party," the Coast Guard said.

The security zone is scheduled to be in effect from 11 p.m. Sunday through 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Both Carlisle and Meisenzahl continued to ask drivers to show patience.

"It's a once-in-a-lifetime event for the people of Hawaii," Meisenzahl said. "We're just asking everyone for their patience and we'll get through this."






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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Roadblocks and other delays have disrupted morning commutes across the island this week and have been particularly heavy in East Honolulu, Meisenzahl said. "People have to remember that what we're dealing with on the east side is what people experience every day on the west side," he said. In general, Meisenzahl said, "traffic is moving but it's not moving very quickly." Not exactly true. The Rush Hour that one sees like maybe at Pearl City is what happens in the Stretch from Thousand Oaks, CA to Los Angeles, CA. The Rush Hour that one experiences now in the Kapiolani area is when people are milling about at Thomas Park, near the Honolulu International Center, oh, ex cuuuuse me, it is now The Blaisdell Center, run by The City and County of Honolulu.
on November 11,2011 | 01:58AM
Highinthesierras wrote:
Barry just killed a natural gas pipeline project that cost us 20,000 "shovel ready jobs" and new a new source of clean energy. No wonder he is globetrotting.
on November 11,2011 | 06:29AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Globetrotting like our own cousin Peter and for that matter Uncle Neil ??? Just killed ??? I thought Barry's mantra was jobs, jobs, jobs. You guys know Joe Paterno, the football coach at Penn State for 46 years, and after all that, got fired. I am thinking, OMG, Barry, just resign now instead of going through the indignation of being fired in 2012. Does the term "Remember The Alamo" conjure up 1984, when Reagan absolutely landslided Mondale, except for Minnesota ??? I would hate to see our Ohana Son, President Barack Hussein Obama be the victim of another landslide 2012 style, and you know that we do not even hear A PEEP about Mondale anymore, except maybe his running mate, Ms. Geraldine Ferraro.
on November 11,2011 | 08:01AM
copperwire9 wrote:
Incorrect.
on November 11,2011 | 08:46AM
cojef wrote:
With campaign war chest running in excess of a billion dollars, how can he lose. Money talks and bull-s--t walks. However, war chest notwithstanding, if the unemployment and economic issues are not resolved, baby anything could happen. Watch the fireworks. Barry is raising funds in Hawaii also. lots luck
on November 11,2011 | 02:58PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
I am not paying no $5,000 per plate appearance at the Aulani. LOL.
on November 11,2011 | 10:05PM
JohnLee wrote:
Watch out, state and city officials, Ben Cayetano and the rest of East Honolulu will soon be demanding for rail.
on November 11,2011 | 03:10AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
No Ben will demand Helicopter service.
on November 11,2011 | 05:31AM
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on November 11,2011 | 06:51AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
What? Oh you mean he WAS gone after all. Oh, I thought I just seen Barry trying to run down Hillary amongst the Hilly Sands of Sandy Beach. Hey Bill ya gotta watch out for Barry as he is becoming frisky and he is trying to chase down your wife, to no doubt do the unmentionables in the sands. LOL.
on November 11,2011 | 06:40PM
toomuchpilikia wrote:
A heavy military presence with Humvee's? Wow, what are we a third world nation? OB1 has reduced our country to the lowest level when are police are not enough for security. If this is a build up to show superior power to the wall street bunch it will not work. The wall street bunch can be controlled by police alone as long as Carlisle is willing to let the police do there job. Why is it that everywhere OB1 goes there seems to be an over abundance of security. What is he afraid of? All the american people really want is freedom....freedom from government control!.. On the other hand if this build up is to keep all other dignitaries safe then maybe this hoopla should be held in another country. A country that can afford it!
on November 11,2011 | 06:52AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
We actually are Third World. You know we still have Coconut Trees in direct sight of our State Capitol building near The Queen's Medical Center, and please do not forget those tall pillars that support the roof of the State Capitol are made to look like Coconut Trees. LOL. Structural Engineers must have had sleepless nights trying to figure out if the slenderness of the columns would eventually make the columns, er, The Palm Trees, fall down.
on November 11,2011 | 08:09AM
LauraandBruce wrote:
shovel ready jobs are not the President's concern. There is only one job he is concerned about - his own
on November 11,2011 | 07:14AM
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Happened to me twice on the same subject: Troops should return from Afghanistan. Editorial Section Same: "Comment has been sent for approval." Some instances you point of view is not acceptable.
on November 11,2011 | 03:02PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
It is not one way or the other. I have had several disappear on me also. I believe the Editors are editing for clarity. You know you can keep on beating a dead horse after it is dead and all you are doing is tenderizing its meat, no further point is added to the essay.
on November 11,2011 | 11:00PM
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Happened to me twice today in the Editorial Section when I differed with Bring the troops home from Afghanistan. Conservative views are not welcomed.
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Why are they using the freeway after they spent millions on ni mitz highway
on November 11,2011 | 07:37AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Because the Freeway is faster, except during Pau Hana. As i said before, I was going west bound on the H-1 near the Middle Street TheBus depot at about 4:45 PM on maybe Monday it was this week, and I seen this whole set of HPD blue and whites running their sirens loud trying to force themselves under the Middle Street overpass. Now I presume their destination was either Downtown or Waikiki, however if one wants a free and clear path, (and to see the coconut trees that line the Waterfront), just go on Nimitz Highway, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, and I guess that is FCOL, as compared to LOL.
on November 11,2011 | 07:54AM
tiki886 wrote:
Because Nimitz is for the peons to use. The Very Important People get to shut down the freeways and overpasses.
on November 11,2011 | 11:34AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
You got that right.
on November 11,2011 | 02:28PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Hey, all students who catch TheBus to and from school are VIPs as the big bulky Buses that they catch tie up track ever so slightly each and every school day. Do not tell me that President Obama cannot travel on Nimitz Highway, as it was named after Admiral Nimitz, or shall we say that BHO does not like "war heroes". LOL.
on November 11,2011 | 10:00PM
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on November 11,2011 | 02:28PM
Bothrops wrote:
"People have to remember that what we're dealing with on the east side is what people experience every day on the west side," Dan Meisenzahl, state Department of Transportation spokesman. And this makes it OK? DOT expects that we lower our expectations to a lowest common denominator. The Wst Side has suffered for years, but that makes it OK for the East to suffer also? Meisenzahl should apologize and resign. He lacks any sense of responsibility or obligation to the taxpayers.
on November 11,2011 | 08:01AM
kennysmith wrote:
i don't like to see this so called holiday it don't make me to have fun or do any thing good to do any where this day. even i am a veteran from vietnam back in 1970. they don't like to help me at all.
on November 11,2011 | 03:18PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
My Dad was a Korean War vet and my grandfather was a World War One vet. I graduated in 1975 so I happened to be at the time that the government turned off the draft. My elementary school days included the JFK assassination, which i did not know anything about essentially because I was only 6 years old at the time. The Vietnam War raged during my Elementary School and Middle School years. Between my Elementary and Middle school days, Neil Armstrong landed on the moon.
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