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How to Avoid Traffic in Downtown Honolulu Caused by ‘Onipa‘a Kākou on Jan. 17

Expect a huge march observing the 125th anniversary of the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i.


Iolani Palace

Photo: Courtesy of ‘Iolani Palace


If you’re planning to be in downtown Honolulu on Jan. 17, ‘Onipa‘a Kākou will likely affect your commute. In observance of the 125th anniversary of the overthrow of Hawai‘i’s last monarch, Queen Lili‘uokalani, there will be a march, rally, speeches, live music and hula at ‘Iolani Palace. The event begins at 7 a.m. and is expected to last until 6 p.m., and will affect traffic in the downtown Honolulu area. Here’s what you need to know if you’re commuting to or from the area.



  • Marchers convene at Mauna Ala to prepare at 7 a.m.

  • Peace march begins at 9 a.m. at Mauna Ala and finishes around 10:30 a.m. at ‘Iolani Palace

  • Flag is raised, along with singing of “Hawai‘i Pono‘ī” at 10:45 a.m.

  • Presentations, performances and speeches continue until 6 p.m.


Peace March Route

Main streets affected: Nu‘uanu Avenue, Beretania Street, Richards Street, King Street and Mililani Street.


The parade will take place 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. along the following route:


  • Two lanes on Nu‘uanu Avenue from Mauna Ala to Judd Street will be blocked off (keep in mind that streets intersecting Nu‘uanu along the route will be blocked to allow the procession to pass).

  • Beginning at Judd Street, marchers will be moved to one lane on the far right side.

  • From Nu‘uanu Avenue, the parade continues down Beretania Street, using the far left lane.

  • At Richards Street the marchers will turn right and continue in the left lane.

  • From there, the parade continues left onto King Street.

  • The marchers converge at ‘Iolani Palace, where they will enter the front gate.

  • A procession will cross King Street from Mililani Street to ‘Iolani Palace at 10:30 a.m.

  • Though these streets will be open to limited vehicular traffic, the blocked lanes will contribute to congestion and slow movement through town. Consider avoiding these streets on the morning of Jan. 17.


Bus Route Delays

The Peace March will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Nu‘uanu Avenue, Beretania Street, Richards Street and King Street. Bus routes along or intersecting these streets will be delayed while the procession passes. If you plan to take the bus during this time, consider leaving earlier or planning around the march. The event should not affect bus routes outside of the march.



If you can’t avoid these roads on your way to work, do your best to be mindful of the marchers. Though the lanes will be coned off, more than a thousand people are expected to participate in the march, so use extra care to get to work safely! 


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