Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Proposed Law Would Limit Waikiki Street Closures

In 2005 there were 50 parades, sporting events, and street festivals that closed the streets of Waikiki for at least a few hours. Street closures can be expensive and disruptive, therefore the Honolulu City Council has proposed a bill that would limit the number of Waikiki street closures to 38 per year. An alternative proposal would limit closures to 48 per year, which would be an average of nearly one closure per week. Legacy events which have occurred for fifteen consecutive years would automatically receive a street closure permit, as long as they meet all requirements. Legacy events include the Aloha Festivals Parade and Hoolaulea, the Kamehameha Day Celebration, the Pan-Pacific Festival and Hoolaulea, the Waikiki Holiday Parade, the Tinman Triathlon, the Honolulu Century Ride, and the Honolulu Marathon.

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