Lei of Parks
Connecting Our Parks & People
The 1999 Honolulu Bicycle Master Plan, the City and County of Honolulu’s first bicycle plan, laid out the Lei of Parks with a vision for “a network of primarily off-road paths linking the City’s regional parks and attractions —from Diamond Head to Aloha Tower.” The concept actually already had a long history in Honolulu plans where Kapiolani Park, Ala Moana Beach Park, Kakaako Waterfront and the series of other parks between Diamond Head and Downtown have been recognized as priceless treasures and that they should be tied together by pathways.
Moving to present day, we have much of the Lei of Parks in place. The Lei of Parks includes some of the nicest sections of bike path on the island – the Ala Wai bike path, the Ala Moana Beach Park bike path, and the Diamond Head bike path. But some critical gaps exist. Some of these are small, like the short section of missing path in front the Waikiki Library, but they are crucial parts of the bigger vision that is the Lei of Parks.
Advocacy – making the Lei of Parks a reality & beyond
HBL has been pushing hard for completion of several key gaps in the Lei of Parks:
- Missing path at the Waikiki Library on Kapahulu Avenue
- Missing crossing at Kalakaua Avenue, where the Ala Wai bike path crosses (doesn’t cross)
- Missing path linking Ala Moana Beach Park and Kewalo Basin
- Missing path linking the west end of Kakaako Waterfront Park to Keawe Street
These key gaps are small sections, but there completion is critical to making the Lei of Parks work. We’ve also been pushing hard on some bigger missing pieces, including the Ala Wai Blvd 2-way protected bike lanes. A big part of our advocacy has been working with partners and taking the beautiful Lei of Parks vision and expanding it beyond the Diamond Head to Downtown area.
The South Shore Trail is our vision for extending the Lei of Parks all the way west to Waianae. It’s a big dream that would have countless benefits. Imagine having a bike path that’s completely separated from traffic all along the 50+ mile area connecting some Oahu’s most beautiful lands. Imagine how walking and bicycling this would mean resulting in better health, saved money on gas, and reduced impacts on our environment. We are joined in pushing for the South Shore Trail by a coalition made up of Trust for Public Lands, Blue Planet Foundation, Hawaii Community Development Authority, Hawaii Department of Health, and the National Park Service.
If you’re interested in getting involved, please sign up our Bike Advocacy Team and add a note about your interest.