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HDOT News Release: Halloween night closures and safety tips

Posted on Oct 29, 2018 in Latest Department News

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) notifies the public of the following planned nighttime closures for Oahu on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018:

  • H-1 Shoulder Work and PCCP Rehabilitation.
    • Two left lanes in the eastbound direction closed from Waipahu onramp to Moanalua Rd. onramp from 6:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. Added closure of third lane from 7:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. Shoulder also closed.
    • Two left lanes in the westbound direction closed from Kaamilo St. overpass to the Pearl City viaduct (Waimalu offramp) from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Added closure of third lane from 9 p.m. to 3 p.m. Shoulder open.
  • H-1 Guardrail and Shoulder Improvements – Middle St. to Punchbowl offramp. Two right lanes and shoulder closed in eastbound direction between Gulick Ave and Kalihi St. overpasses; and, two right lanes and shoulder closed in the westbound direction between Queen Emma St. and Aala St. overpasses and between the Palama St. and Houghtailing offramps from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.
  • Pali Hwy Lighting Replacement and Resurfacing.
    • Full closure of Honolulu-bound lanes from 8:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. from Kamehameha Hwy to Waokanaka St.
    • One to two Honolulu-bound lanes from Waokanaka St. to Nuuanu Ave. from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. (Tentative)
    • One lane Kailua-bound from Nuuanu Dr. to Waokanaka closed from 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. Added closure of second lane from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. (Tentative)
    • One to two Kailua-bound lanes from Waokanaka St. to Nuuanu Pali Dr. closed from 8:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.
    • Left lane closed from Nuuanu Pali Dr. to tunnels from 8:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Kalihi St. Resurfacing Nimitz Hwy to School St. Two lanes closed between Nimitz and Beckley in the mauka bound direction from 7 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.
  • Kalanianaole Hwy Resurfacing between H-1 and West Hind Dr. Westbound lanes closed with contraflow to run on eastbound lane from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. (Tentative)
  • Nimitz Hwy between Libby St. and Waiakamilo Rd. Left lane in both directions from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Permit work)
  • Nimitz Hwy between Alakawa and Pacific St. Left lane in the westbound direction 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. for City’s flow monitoring.
  • Kamehameha Hwy at Pali Momi. Closure of the lanes turning onto Pali Momi St. for the Pali Momi St. Resurfacing from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Farrington Hwy. between Nanakuli and Haleakala Ave. One lane in west or eastbound directions closed between 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. for traffic signal installation.

No nightwork is currently planned on State Routes in Maui County. The following closures with impacts on Halloween night and evening traffic on Hawaii Island and Kauai are as follows:

Hawaii Island

  • Mamalahoa Highway (Route 11) in Volcano. 24 hour/ 7 day a week lane closure on Mamalahoa Highway (Route 11) with alternating traffic control in the vicinity of Volcano National Park (mile marker 30) for road repairs due to seismic activity.
  • Hawaii Belt Road (Route 19) in South Hilo. Lane closure on Hawaii Belt Road with possible detours between Wailuku River Bridge and Waiaama Stream Bridge (mile markers 2.45 to 9.78) from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for paving.


  • No modifications to the local access convoy to Wainiha and Haena via Kuhio Highway (Route 560). For more information on the continuing emergency repairs, visit the Kuhio Highway Emergency Repairs page here.
  • Nawiliwili Road (Route 58) 24 hour/ 7 day a week lane closure between Kaumualii Highway and Kanani Street for panel and curb replacements.

HDOT’s weekend lane closure list and the weekly lane closures for the upcoming week are updated every Thursday and Friday respectively and can be found at All work is weather permitting.

HDOT advises motorists to make use of tools such as GoAkamai, Google Maps, and Waze to plan out their routes ahead of time. Additionally, drivers are asked to be especially cautious for pedestrians and other roadway users during Halloween when there will be a higher number of people walking along roadways. Pedestrian tips for drivers can be found here.

Halloween specific safety tips for young pedestrians can be found at and below:

Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.

Always stand back a step from the curb until it is time to cross.

Look left, right, and left again and check for turning cars before and while crossing the street. Cross only at crosswalks.

Lower electronic devices and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.

Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far left side of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

Wear a highly visible or reflective costume or put reflective stickers on clothing, trick-or-treat bags or toys.

Especially be sure to pay attention when walking past driveways to make sure cars aren’t pulling in or out.

Eye contact with drivers to ensure they see you before crossing in front of them is important.

Never cross when you see the countdown signal with the red stop hand. Cross only when you see the “walking man” signal.




Shelly Kunishige

Department of Transportation

Public Affairs Office

Office: (808) 587-2161

E-mail: [email protected]