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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, May 9, 2001

Rally expected to stall Waikiki drivers

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By Robbie Dingeman
Advertiser Staff Writer

A rally and march protesting policies of the Asian Development Bank are expected to clog traffic in Waikiki and near the Hawai'i Convention Center today.

Police officers stand a quiet watch across from the Hawai'i Convention Center at Kapi'olani Boulevard and Atkinson Drive on the morning before today's official opening of the annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank.

Bruce Asato • The Honolulu Advertiser

Parking will be prohibited through Friday near the convention center: on Fern Street (between Kalakaua Avenue and McCully Street); on Ke'eaumoku Street (between Kapi'olani Boulevard and King Street); on Kaheka Street (between Kapi'olani Boulevard and King Street); and on Kahakai Street.

City officials said that during the march today, people who need to get to Waikiki by car should drive on Ala Moana or take Kapahulu Avenue.

Between noon and 12:15 p.m., Ala Moana traffic will stop in both directions so the protesters can cross from Ala Moana Park to Atkinson Drive but no detours will be set up. Atkinson Drive from Ala Moana to Kahakai Street will close from noon to 12:15 p.m. until the marchers reach the front of the convention center.

From 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., all traffic, except emergency vehicles, will be prohibited on Atkinson Drive from Kahakai Street to Kapi'olani Boulevard and on Kapi'olani Boulevard from Kaheka Street to McCully Street.

Diamondhead-bound traffic on Kapi'olani Boulevard will turn left onto Kaheka Street, then right on South King Street and right on McCully Street where it can rejoin Kapi'olani Boulevard. 'Ewa-bound traffic on Kapi'olani Boulevard will turn right on McCully Street, then left on Beretania Street and left on Ke'eaumoku Street to rejoin Kapi'olani Boulevard.

From about 1:15 to 1:30 p.m., all traffic on Kalakaua Avenue will be prohibited between Fern Street and through Waikiki. A detour on Fern Street and McCully Street will handle traffic headed to Waikiki.

After 1:30 p.m., traffic into Waikiki will detour onto Kuhio Avenue. Detour routes will be posted on affected bus stops.

For more information, go to the city's Web site.

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