Hawaii Highways road photos -- Other Oahu South

(Oahu part 4 of 6 -- other Oahu parts: Interstate H-3 · Interstate H-1 ·
Other Freeways · Other Oahu West · Other Oahu East)

Here are a dozen of my photos of or from non-Interstate roads and highways on Oahu, plus two historic road photos from the 1950s out of Hawaii DOT's archives. After some Honolulu skyline photos, this page meanders around Honolulu and then west to the Pearl Harbor area, concluding with photos of the unique Admiral Clarey retractable floating bridge to Pearl Harbor's Ford Island.

NOTE: In case you want more detail, you can click many of the photos below (for now, most of the 2001 photos, plus the 1950 and 1951 historic photos) to view an enlarged, higher-quality (less .jpg compression) version. Those alternate versions have larger file sizes, so please be patient while they download.

Waikiki and part of downtown Honolulu, from Tantalus Drive scenic road
Waikiki and part of downtown Honolulu, with Diamond Head in the background, from Tantalus Drive, an unnumbered scenic drive ultimately ascending to about 2000 feet above Honolulu. (September 1999)
Downtown Honolulu, from Sand Island
Another view of downtown Honolulu, this one from the north shore of Sand Island, off state route 64. (September 1999)
Near the east end of Interstate H-1, the unglamourous interior of the Diamond Head crater. Diamond Head was long used as the Army's Fort Ruger (with cannons firing from the inside over the crater rim to bombard targets offshore). It still houses a National Guard base, as well as a parking lot for hikers to the Diamond Head summit. Note the one-lane Kahala tunnel through the crater rim, on the right, which is the entry point for both base traffic and tourists (there is a second one not in this photo, the Kapahulu tunnel -- closed, but proposals have been made to reopen it, as part of a plan to move visitor parking outside the crater). The need to link the military facilities at Diamond Head to others elsewhere in Oahu was part of the stated justification for a network of Interstate highways on the island. (May 2000)

National Guard base inside Diamond Head crater, with one-lane Kahala tunnel on right passing through crater rim
Don Ho Street, at Lewers St. intersection
"Don Ho Street" in Waikiki, a dinky little (about 500 feet) private service road for the Royal Hawaiian hotel complex. Don Ho (1930-2007) didn't even perform there in his last years, having moved his shows to the Waikiki Beachcomber. (May 2000)

See my rant on why Don Ho should have a freeway (or at least a highway) named for him.

Ala Moana Blvd. in Waikiki, after a rainstorm in 1950
Ala Moana Boulevard (now state route 92), near Hobron Street on the west side of Waikiki, after a rainstorm in January 1950. This photo reportedly was taken facing northwest, toward downtown Honolulu, with one of the signs in the background advertising the Tradewinds apartments in the background. Next time I'm in Hawaii, I'll try to take a photo of the same place as it is today, but I assure you that neither the road (now much wider and far more congested) nor the surrounding area looks anything like it did in 1950. (Photo courtesy of Goro Sulijoadikusumo, of Hawaii DOT)

A distinctive hammerhead pier on the bridge from eastbound Interstate H-1, at exit 18B, to Dillingham Boulevard (former state route 90) over the westbound Nimitz Highway (state route 92). The east end of the Interstate H-1 Airport Viaduct is in the background. (November 2001)
Hammerhead pier on Dillingham Blvd. overpass crossing over Nimitz Hwy, H-1 viaduct in background.
1951 black-and-white photo, of six-lane divided Kamehameha Highway to left of telephone poles and train track, with four-lane undivided Nimitz Highway to the right
A 1951 photo, showing the Kamehameha and Nimitz Highways (which later became, respectively, state routes 90 and 92), on parallel alignments north of the airport, toward downtown Honolulu. The Kamehameha Highway (six-lane divided highway, left of the tracks) came first. The parallel Nimitz Highway (four-lane undivided highway, right of the tracks), originally called "Honolulu-Pearl Harbor Road," was built during World War II to carry the added traffic from new military facilities along the waterfront, and separate military from civilian traffic. These two highways were ultimately combined into a widened, divided Nimitz Highway, with Interstate H-1's Airport Viaduct built overhead. (Photo courtesy of Goro Sulijoadikusumo, of Hawaii DOT)
JCT 66 sign on Nimitz Hwy. under Airport Viaduct TheBus stop marker at bottom, beneath old route 73 route marker for southbound thru traffic, and route 90 marker for cross-street
On the westbound lanes of the modern-day Nimitz Highway, under the Interstate H-1 Airport Viaduct, Hawaii has its own set of "route 66" signs at the junction with Puuloa Road. Oddly enough, there are no such signs on Puuloa Road itself, because it has long been renumbered as state route 7310, after the completion of H-1 made that rather than Puuloa Road the main route to the airport from Oahu's freeway network. I guess Hawaii's sign thieves aren't as taken by the "route 66" mystique as are mainlanders. (November 2001)
In Pearl City, a bus stop marker for Oahu's "TheBus" system, by far the best bus system on the islands, and the only one with service frequent and extensive enough to be a plausible alternative for most tourists to renting a car. The route signs above the bus stop marker (which have since been removed) are outdated -- the cross street identified as route 90 (part of the Kamehameha Highway) long ago became route 99, while the roads identified as route 73 (Waimano Home Road/Lehua Avenue) have long been removed from the state highway system and are now unnumbered county roads. (November 2001)
An even older cutout-style route sign, on the westbound Nimitz Highway west of downtown Honolulu, next to a K-Mart. While this one apparently came down after I took this photograph in September 1999 (and others have been disappearing, on Oahu and other islands, in recent years), others like it (including some for routes that have since been renumbered) might still be found elsewhere on Oahu if you roam enough off the main highways.
Rusted old white cutout route 92 marker
Rusted and stickered old cutout-style junction marker for former route 90, at junction with Kalihi Street
Another cutout still standing (at least as of May 2005), on southbound Kalihi Street (state route 63) at its intersection with Dillingham Boulevard (former state route 90), west of downtown Honolulu.
Another cutout, on eastbound Laulima Street in downtown Aiea, in a place I hadn't expected one, but spotted in August 2007 by a local resident researching the area's history. Her find pointed out to me that before the construction ca. 1968 of an interchange between the Kamehameha Highway and Moanalua Road (now Moanalua Freeway), Laulima Street was the connection between the two roads, and also part of route 72 before that route (now existing only in Oahu's southeastern corner) was truncated by the construction of Interstate H-1 and the renumbering of the Moanalua Freeway. (Photo courtesy of Arlene Ching)
Rusted old white cutout route 72 marker
Overview of Pearl Harbor from Aiea Heights Roadway of Admiral Cleary bridge to Ford Island
An overview of the Admiral Clarey fixed-span/retractable floating span bridge between Ford Island on the Pearl Harbor naval base and the rest of the base, from Aiea Heights to the northeast. Until the bridge opened on April 15, 1998, Ford Island -- which has battleship and other large-ship docks, a small airfield, and officer housing including the home of the Commander in Chief for the Pacific Fleet -- was accessible from the rest of the base only by boat. The retractable pontoon allows the largest, tallest, and widest (navigation channel is 650 feet wide, world's largest for an openable span) warships to navigate freely around Pearl Harbor as needed. (May 2000)
The Ford Island bridge roadway, on the concrete retractable pontoon, looking eastward toward the transition span between the pontoon and the elevated fixed span. The transition span can be tilted upward, so the pontoon can be pulled under it (and part of the fixed span) if the Navy needs to clear the navigation channel. Because the bridge is entirely within the naval base, it is not part of the state highway system, and is closed to most civilians. However, trolleys taking visitors on tours of the decommissioned battleship U.S.S. Missouri (now permanently docked at Ford Island) are allowed to use the bridge. (October 1999)
Floating retractable span of Admiral Cleary Bridge to Ford Island
The photos above and below are of, respectively, the pontoon and transition spans, and the fixed span to the east of the pontoon (taken from the boat ferrying tourists to the U.S.S. Arizona, and the U.S.S. Arizona visitor center). The westernmost six piers of the fixed span are spread wider than the others, to make room for the pontoon when it is retracted after the transition spans are lifted. The total length of the bridge is about 4700 feet (950 feet for the retractable concrete pontoon). (Both photos September 1999)
Fixed span of Admiral Cleary Bridge to Ford Island

See also a page on a Navy website with photos of maintenance openings and mechanisms of the Admiral Clarey floating bridge.

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