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Several East Honolulu roads and parts of the H-1 freeway and Kalanianaole Highway are closed this morning for the annual Honolulu Marathon.

About 35,000 runners began the race that starts in Downtown Honolulu, goes through Waikiki to Hawaii Kai and back to the finish line at Kapiolani Park.

One or more lanes along the course were closed beginning at 12:30 a.m. until the athletes complete each section of the race.

The route starts at Ala Moana Boulevard near Queen Street and continues on Ala Moana to Nuuanu Avenue to King Street, Kapiolani Boulevard to Piikoi Street to Ala Moana Boulevard, through Waikiki on Kalakaua Avenue to Monsarrat Avenue to Paki Avenue and Diamond Head Road to 18th Avenue to Kilauea Avenue to Waialae Avenue to the H-1 freeway eastbound to Kalanianaole Highway.

In Hawaii Kai, the route continues on Hawaii Kai Drive to Keahole Street, back to Kalanianaole Highway and turns on Kealaolu Avenue to Kahala Avenue to Diamond Head Road to Kalakaua Avenue to the finish line at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand.

Some bus routes are canceled or detoured during the marathon. Riders may call TheBus at 848-5555 or visit the Oahu Transit Services website for details.

The H-1 freeway is closed at the Waialae Avenue offramp to Aina Koa Avenue from about 3:30 a.m. until about 2 p.m.

Police also closed the makai lanes of Kalanianaole Highway between Aina Koa Avenue and Kawaihae Street from about 2:30 a.m., with restricted access for residents. Mauka lanes of the highway will be contra-flowed. Kalanianaole Highway will also be closed between Hawaii Kai Drive to Keahole Street from about 3:30 a.m. until the area is clear. Traffic wil be detoured to Hawaii Kai Drive, via Kawaihae to Lunalilo Home Road.

Ala Moana Boulevard from Atkinson Drive to Ward Avenue was detoured from 12:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. in prepration for the 5 a.m. start of the race. Other downtown roadways were closed at about 4:30 a.m. until the runners pass.

In Waikiki, Kalakaua Avenue is detoured to Paoakalani Avenue from 8:30 a.m. and roads around Kapiolani Park are closed or detoured from about 4:30 a.m. until most runners pass the areas.

For more information, visit the Honolulu Marathon website:

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