Kaimuki is a neighborhood located on the eastern side of Honolulu between Waialae-Kahala and Palolo Valley. According to its neighborhood board, Kaimuki runs from 5th Avenue to Luawai Street and from Diamond Head Road to the top of Wilhelmina Rise. The neighborhood is largely residential, though a bustling commercial corridor exists along Waialae Avenue and a large number of schools—Kapiolani Community College, Sacred Hearts, St. Louis, and Chaminade University to name a few—call Kaimuki home as well. Transportation in and out of Kaimuki is provided mainly by Waialae Avenue and the H1 Freeway. Due to the presence of nearby schools and the neighborhood’s proximity to cycling destinations like Diamond Head, cyclists are a common sight in Kaimuki.
What the Oahu Bike Plan calls for:
The Oahu Bike plan seeks to build Kaimuki’s network by adding bikeways to several major roads and connectors. On the mauka side of Kaimuki, the plan envisions bikeways along the length of Waialae with dedicated bike lanes from Kapahulu to 11th Avenue and from 18th Avenue to Ainakoa Avenue. From Waialae, bike routes would be created along 6th, 10th, and 16th Ave, allowing cyclists to cross from Kaimuki to Diamond Head in relative peace. The rest of the bike network in Kaimuki would center around Kapiolani Community College, with bike lanes flanking the school on Makapuu Avenue and 18th Avenue, and bikeways on Kilauea Avenue and Diamond Head Road providing access to and from the school. The Oahu Bike Plan designates all projects in Kaimuki with the exception of 16th Avenue as priority one (high priority) projects.
- 16th Avenue, Waialae Avenue to Kilauea Avenue, Route
- 18th Avenue, Diamond Head Road to Kilauea Avenue, Lane
- Alohea Avenue, 10th Avenue to Makapuu Avenue, Route
- Diamond Head Road/Monsarrat Avenue, Paki Avenue to Fort Ruger Park, Lane
- Harding Avenue, Kapahulu Avenue to 16th Avenue, Route
- Kilauea Avenue, Waialae Avenue to Makapuu Avenue, Route
- Makapuu Avenue, Kilauea Avenue to Diamond Head Road, Lane
- Palolo Loop, 10th Avenue from Alohea Avenue to Palolo Place, Route
- Waialae Avenue, Kapahulu to Ainokoa Avenue, Route/Lane
What’s being done:
The city is currently repaving Waialae Avenue and intends to add a mix of bike lanes and sharrows from St. Louis Drive to 11th Avenue. The Department of Transportation Services has voiced tentative plans to add bikeways to Diamond Head Road and Makapuu Avenue. Outside of these projects there are no current plans to add the called for bikeways to Kaimuki.