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As we begin the Memorial Day weekend, let’s remember the men and women who served our country in uniform. My heartfelt appreciation go out to them and those in active duty to ensure the freedom we enjoy living in America.

Also, my thoughts and prayers are with Congressman K. Mark Takai and his family. I ask that you continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Memorial Day holiday schedule

The City and County of Honolulu government offices will be closed Monday, May 30, 2016 in observance of Memorial Day, a federal holiday.

  • Emergency ambulance, fire, lifeguard, and police services will be available.
  • TheBus will operate on a Sunday schedule. For route and schedule information, please visit
  • Refuse will be collected, and transfer stations, convenience centers, H-POWER, and the Waimānalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill will be open.
  • Parks, municipal golf courses, botanical gardens, and the Honolulu Zoo will be open.
  • The Neal S. Blaisdell Box Office will be closed.
  • The People’s Open Markets will not be held.
  • All Satellite City Halls and Driver’s License offices will be closed.

TheBus will provide supplementary service for those wishing to attend Mayor’s Memorial Day Service at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl). Buses servicing Route 15 – Makiki-Pacific Heights will depart the Alapaʻi Transit Center on Monday, May 30 at 7 a.m.; 7:20 a.m.; 7:40 a.m.; and at 8 a.m. These buses will service all bus stops along the route. Regular fares apply and all valid bus passes will be accepted. Transfers will be issued and accepted by all buses operating to and from the cemetery.

The following traffic and parking regulations will be in effect:

  • On-street parking will be free, except for the meters on Kalākaua Avenue along Queen Kapi‘olani Park and metered parking lots.
  • Traffic lanes will not be coned for contraflow.

Transportation Issues

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) notifies motorists that the H-1 Freeway westbound shoulder lane hours are being extended from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. The new schedule will begin on Monday, May 16, 2016.

Motorists wishing to use the westbound shoulder lane may enter at the Aiea Heights Drive Overpass and exit at the Waimalu/Pearl City Off-Ramp (Exit 10). Motorists continuing on the H-1 Freeway past the Pearl City Interchange must merge one lane to the left as the shoulder lane will exit to the Off-Ramp. The merge must be completed prior to the solid white line. HDOT advises drivers to give themselves enough time to safely advance to their preferred lane. Please be alert and avoid dangerous maneuvers. Single occupancy vehicles are allowed access. Trucks and buses are prohibited.

Crews will be adjusting the westbound shoulder lane signs to reflect the extended hours. HDOT reminds motorists that all shoulder lanes are only in effect during the times displayed on the signs. Motorists using shoulder lanes outside of those designated time frames may be cited by authorities.

The previous shoulder lane hours for this area were from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. HDOT thanks the public for its cooperation as we continue to improve traffic operations on Hawaii’s roadways. For up to the minute traffic and roadway conditions on the freeway system, as well as traffic cameras from around the island, please visit or download the free GoAkamai app.