Pictures of Hawaii
This is not your typical image of beaches for those who may be imagining the usual nature photograph seen taken in Hawaii. This picture of daily life in traffic is found in abundance throughout the highway system inside of Oahu. Shot from a H1 overpass, this is considered a day of light traffic locals.
Traveling tip: As a reminder to those driving Oahu, plan some extra time to get where you are going as travel times may take much longer than expected. This can be challenging to manage, especially for those who are accompanied with young children. Plan trips around rush hour and bring activities in case of delay.
Don’t worry, as the government may have a solution.
In recent years, Hawaii has seen heated political debates focused on whether or not to fund the launch of a commuter rail project. The Honolulu city rail is drafted to stretch from the west end of Kapolei down to the world famous Ala Moana Shopping Center, a center and hub for Honolulu retail commerce. Such a rail system will provide those traveling from the west side of Oahu an alternative route for travel to work and shopping malls. The route the new rail system will bring commuters is, similar to the old travel time but, through a different route than the Honolulu’s city express busses use. Due to the fact the rail lines will be traveling directly through Pearl City, commuters will have a new option to get to old destinations sooner than what was possible before.
Rail is a new route the bus has never been able to provide.
The travel time on rail is projected to take about 45 minutes and is similar to what the C Country Express currently offers via the H1. Some of the Honolulu Rail’s biggest supporters say that travel times may actually be sooner than those projected. Though many claim that this rail will be the solution to Honolulu’s big traffic problems. It is unclear exactly how rail will fix the current issues with Honolulu’s traffic congestion.
Several years prior, candidates for the mayoral election threatened to close rail projects all together. Similarly to what the government had done with the Hawaii Superferry. The Superferry had provided inter-island commuters with a way to transport their vehicles to other islands. The ferry regularly operated to popular destinations such as Maui and Big Island. As booming as business may have been, it was quickly met opposition with environmental groups. These groups had pressured the Hawaii government to investigate the commuter ferry due to damages it may have caused the reef wildlife. In light of the circumstances to this situation, if you were to be travelling throughout the islands, then booking a flight is the only choice.
Even with the traffic in Honolulu being awarded the status of worst in the entire United States it seems that Aloha Spirit has helped put traffic woes behind those living in Hawaii for decades. Unfortunately for the nerves of those stuck in hours on the highways, there is not much else to do but listen to jams and wait for break.