Hawaii Highways road photos -- Interstate H-1 (page 2 of 2)

This is the second photos page for Interstate H-1. Page 1 covers the Queen Liliuokalani Freeway segment of H-1 west of exit 19. The photos below cover the rest of H-1, the Lunalilo Freeway from the Kahauiki Interchange (exit 19) to the east end of H-1 just past exit 27.

NOTE: In case you want more detail, you can click many of the photos below (for now, mainly some of the 2001 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.

Page 1: Queen Liliuokalani Freeway (H-1 west of exit 19)

H-1 eastbound, approaching the Kahauiki Interchange (exit 19). Only the eastbound lanes pass through the short (393 feet) Middle Street Tunnel. Both Middle Street and North King Street pass over the tunnel. (November 2001)
Two eastbound lanes of H-1 enter Middle Street Tunnel; 13'5" height restriction in left lane
Two eastbound lanes of H-1 emerge from Middle Street Tunnel, merge with three eastbound lanes of Moanalua Freeway Two westbound lanes of H-1 pass over Moanalua Freeway, under Middle Street; 35 mph speed limit sign
From the Ola Lane overpass, two different views of the Kahauiki Interchange facing westbound. Above left, H-1's two eastbound lanes emerge from the Middle Street Tunnel on the left, to join the three eastbound lanes of the Moanalua Freeway (now Interstate H-201). The upper bridge crossing the interchange carries Middle Street over the freeways; underneath is the overpass for H-1's two westbound lanes. Above right is another view of H-1 westbound crossing over the Moanalua Freeway and under Middle Street. The speed limit on H-1 through the interchange is only 35 mph. (November 2001)

(For photos of the Kahauiki Interchange from the Moanalua Freeway approaching from the west, see the Other Freeways photos page.)

Overhead sign, showing westbound traffic pattern at exit 19B -- three lanes split to left from H-1, two lanes continue as H-1, right exit for Middle Street These three photos of overhead sign assemblies, on westbound H-1 approaching the Kahauiki Interchange with Interstate H-201, illustrate the interchange's confusing westbound traffic pattern, where traffic must take a right exit to stay on H-1. The photo above left was taken atop playground equipment (the kids were quite amused!) at Kalihi Waena Park along the eastbound side of H-1, while H-201 was still signed as state route 78. The center left photo is of a sign assembly near the interchange, taken from the Gulick Avenue overpass. The photo below is of a third sign assembly just after the Likelike Highway exit, with the new Interstate H-201 signage, taken from H-1 by Ryan Ozawa. (Photos November 2001, November 2001, and February 2005 respectively)
Overhead signs approaching H-1 exit 19B direct traffic continuing on H-1 to two right lanes, three lanes make left exit
Westbound H-1 overhead at Kalihi St. overpass directing traffic continuing on H-1 to keep right, through lanes exit to newly-signed Interstate H-201
H-1 congestion, looking west from Queen Emma St. H-1 congestion, looking east from Queen Emma St.
Looking west and east, respectively, from the Queen Emma Street overpass across H-1 in downtown Honolulu, in the early afternoon. Congestion is common in both directions, most of the day, on this older stretch of freeway (parts of which predate statehood) with little room for widening, and no good place to build a parallel route since Honolulu is completely built out between the ocean and the mountains. (Both photos May 2000)
This stretch of Interstate H-1 westbound through downtown Honolulu, from the Punahou Avenue overpass, displays typical pavement markings on Hawaii roads. There is extensive use of raised reflectors as supplemental lane markings, similar to California's old "Botts Dots" (it helps that only one or two ultra-high-altitude roads on the Big Island ever need snowplowing). On freeways, Hawaii DOT uses solid lines between lanes to keep motorists from moving from the left lanes into the right lane, where other traffic is about to enter it from the other side at a freeway entrance. (November 2001)
Approaching an entrance ramp, with Botts dots marking the three lanes and a white stripe on the left side of the dots between the #2 and #3 lanes
Large '20' painted on shoulder, next to milemarker 20

In many places along H-1 and other freeways on Oahu, such as here on H-1 through downtown Honolulu, milemarker signs are supplemented by painted pavement milemarkers. (November 2001)
H-1's predecessor the Mauka Arterial, soon after it opened, with six lanes, minimal shoulders, and little traffic
Interstate H-1 started off as the Mauka Arterial (Hawaii's first freeway), before it was added to the Interstate system after Hawaii's admission to statehood in 1959. This photo is of the first mile-long segment of the Mauka Arterial, soon after it was opened in November 1953. Shown above are the westbound lanes, at the University Avenue overpass. (1953 or 1954, Bureau of Public Roads, U.S. Department of Commerce; located in archived BPR records, project file U-59(3), box 151, records group 30; courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration - Pacific Region, San Francisco)
Waialae Avenue westbound ducks under H-1 viaduct Waialae Avenue under H-1 viaduct, at intersection with Kilauea Avenue
West of exit 27, this H-1 viaduct carries the freeway for about a half-mile over Waialae Avenue, which begins here and continues west after emerging from under the viaduct's west end. (November 2001)
A view of that viaduct from underneath, at the intersection of Waialae Avenue with cross-street Kilauea Avenue. (November 2001)

The last two ground-level hyphenated Interstate route shields on Interstate H-1 were like this nonstandard version at the Kilauea Avenue exit on westbound H-1 (a similar one preceded the following exit, for Waialae Avenue). Both were replaced by standard unhyphenated shields by my return to Oahu in May 2005. (November 2001)
Old hypenated H-1 shield at ground level, painted on white background, no state name
Wide view of east end of H-1, at Ainakoa Avenue intersection Closeup of Ainakoa Avenue intersection where H-1 ends, with faded terminal milepost 27.44
The two photos above, facing eastbound, show the east end of H-1 in Honolulu northeast of Diamond Head, at the intersection with Ainakoa Avenue. The highway continues beyond the intersection as the Kalanianaole Highway (state route 72). The formal end of H-1 is marked by the faded terminal milepost in the photo on the right, with a horizontal "44" under the vertical "27" (barely visible, even with digitally enhanced contrast for the very faded milemarker in this photo) to indicate that the route ends at mile 27.44 (about a quarter-mile longer than the actual route mileage). (Both photos November 2001)
East end of H-1, facing westbound, with terminal milepost 27.44
  H-1's east end, viewed from the east where Kalanianaole Highway (state route 72) ends at Ainakoa Avenue. Exit 27, to Waialae Avenue and Kilauea Avenue, is immediately after this intersection. The right edge of this photo has a clearer example than the preceding photo of a terminal milepost, typically used in Hawaii as a substitute for "end" signs. (September 1999)

Mark Furqueron's Hawaii road photos page has some more photos of Hawaii's Interstates.

In addition, Ryan Ozawa's new HawaiiRoads.com site has lots of additional H-1 photos.

Page 1: Queen Liliuokalani Freeway (H-1 west of exit 19)
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