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Portions of Kapiolani Regional Park, Ala Moana Regional Park, Ala Wai Community Park, the Ala Wai Golf Course ballroom and Kamokila Community Park in Kapolei will be closed during parts of next week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, Honolulu police announced this morning.

The restrictions are part of APEC security requirements, police said.

"The HPD thanks the public in advance for its patience and cooperation during this time," police said in a statement.

>> Kapiolani Regional Park has had restricted access since Monday. All parking lots on Monsarrat Avenue, including Waikiki Shell lots 1, 2, 3 and 4 and the Paki/Monsarrat lot, are closed to the public through Nov. 14. Soccer fields 4 and 5, along with picnic area 3, also are closed. 

All other areas of Kapiolani Regional Park will be open, police said.

>> The Magic Island parking lot and ewa portion of Ala Moana Regional Park will be closed from 10 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 14.

Civilian vehicles will not be allowed to enter the area, police said. Public parking also will be prohibited along Ala Moana Boulevard fronting the park. Pedestrians will be allowed to use the park and beach.

>> Ala Wai Community Park’s community center will be closed to the public, along with the parking lot, restrooms, canoe hale and the areas up to the baseball field fence. The baseball and soccer fields will be open from the Koko Head end of the park.

>> The Ala Wai Golf Course ballroom will be closed to the public from this morning through 10 p.m. Nov. 15, police said.

The golf course and clubhouse will remain open.

>> Kapolei’s Kamokila Community Park will be closed from midnight Saturday through midnight Nov. 14.



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