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Chinese president arrives; motorists should expect delays

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 02:48 p.m. HST, Nov 10, 2011

Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam today, stepping off the plane at about 8:36 a.m. as a light rain fell. 

Zhang Yesui, the Chinese ambassador to the United Nations, and his wife, and Deng Hong Bo, the Chinese deputy chief of mission and minister, and his wife, greeted Hu when he arrived.

His motorcade left at 8:39 a.m. and police shut down the H-1 Freeway and other roads along Hu's route to the Sheraton Waikiki hotel, where he is staying. The freeway reopened about 9:05 a.m.

Mayor Peter Carlisle said motorists can expect more delays as 21 world leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation arrive today through Saturday for this weekend's Leaders' Meeting.

Carlisle told reporters "what happens this weekend is unprecedented in the history of Hawaii" with the visit of these world leaders.

President Barack Obama is expected to arrive at Hickam Friday night and the presidential party is staying at Hilton Hawaiian Village.

A reception and dinner for APEC leaders will be held at the Hale Koa Saturday night.

On Sunday, President Obama will host a reception for them at the JW Marriott Hawaii hotel at Ko Olina.

There also will be a North American leader's summit hosted by Obama at the Marriott on Sunday with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexico President Felipe Calderon expected to attend.

City Transportation Services Director Wayne Yoshioka said all the major security measures and traffic restrictions beginning Friday will shift away from the Hawaii Convention Center to Waikiki where the meetings and receptions will be held.

Starting 6 a.m. Friday, Kapiolani Boulevard between Kalakaua Avenue and Kaheka Street will no longer be closed to cars.

City buses 3, 9, and A will resume their normal routes on Kapiolani boulevard.

He also said that city buses E, 19, 20, and 42  and country express E — which normally serve Waikiki from Leeward Oahu — will end their routes at Ala Moana Center, where shuttles will take bus riders into Waikiki.

Beginning at 10 tonight, buses that normally travel along Kalia and Saratoga roads in Waikiki from Ala Moana Center will be re-routed to Kuhio Avenue.

City Director of Environmental Services Tim Steinberger said that regular refuse pickup in Waikiki and around the convention center — normally scheduled for  6 a.m. Saturday — will be made earlier at 4 a.m.

He also reiterated that city landfills, transfer stations and convenience centers will be closed on Sunday.

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Vivgie wrote:
Just tried to look at Honolulu Traffic Web Camera site to plan my trip into town. It's closed from Nov 7 to 14. We are trapped so take your Ipad, smart phone, IPod, paperback, and whatever entertains you while sitting in the car or bus. Gonna need it.
on November 10,2011 | 06:56AM
aolani wrote:
no electronic devices while operating a vehicle ;) but i think while riding the bus is okay ;)
on November 10,2011 | 08:00AM
areyoukidding wrote:
so true about electronic device. i was in court for speeding and someone in court claimed the device wasn't even on while in car. judge told person he was guilty and not even allowed to hold the device even if it was off. he then read the specific rule.
on November 10,2011 | 11:16AM
pineapple1 wrote:
to routes? s/b TWO routes? journalism at it finest.....
on November 10,2011 | 06:57AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Just wing it dude, or dame. If u bypass the traffic then fine. If you happen to run in to the President's motorcade, then have your Video Camera ready for some history making You Tube.
on November 10,2011 | 07:54AM
Sunny wrote:
I hope they take the scenic Nimitz route so everyone can see the beautiful landscaping with green grass and palm trees along the way!
on November 10,2011 | 07:26AM
1coconut wrote:
Why not take them on Kam Highway thru Aiea and Pearl City so they can admire the chain link fences and screen dividers. Its a thing of beauty that every tourists to Hawaii should be required to observe in awe. NOT
on November 10,2011 | 11:45AM
Anonymous wrote:
" comment has been sent for approval"? So if you don't agree with me, it won't be printed. Hope your "approval" will stock in traffic for hours going home tonight.
on November 10,2011 | 07:26AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Oh I guess Peter was right after all. Not everyone was here on Monday's first meeting at The Hawaii Convention Center. My apologies Pete.
on November 10,2011 | 07:52AM
olos73 wrote:
City officials say to check out Honolulu.gov for traffic twitter, but when I checked little after 8a.m. it said "Dignitary plane arriving soon, expect major road closures." Even after the plane arrived, the Chinese President went in his motorcade, and left, the same tweet was posted. Around 8:45, same thing. Whoever the Information Officer who is doing these tweets, YOU'RE NOT DOING YOUR JOB! I thought you're supposed to keep us up to date on situations. Since the motorcade went on the H1 to Waikiki, I guess they didn't see the million dollar beautification project on Nimitz. Waste, waste, waste.
on November 10,2011 | 08:04AM
dalawyer wrote:
Mayor should've recommended "Honolulu Rail" as an alternative transportation to Waikiki! No traffic gridlock and shut downs. Oh, I forgot, we're on "Hawaiian Time" regarding the rail project!!!!!
on November 10,2011 | 08:42AM
nuuanusam wrote:
Every Western country this guy visited, there were some kind of protests such as 'Free Tibet', 'Release the dissidents', 'Stop Suppressing Freedom of Speech'...etc. Fortunately, I don't think it will happen in Hawaii this time. Anyway, the best thing to do this weekend is stay home and watch football.
on November 10,2011 | 09:13AM
walrus808 wrote:
So, are they going to make any updates after the road closures or just keep us guessing? I've checked the other graphic sites and they all say that traffic is flowing normally except for in Waikiki. However, people I know that work down there are saying the exact opposite. Just going to love the guessing game over the next few days!
on November 10,2011 | 10:04AM
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