Waialae-Kahala is a primarily residential neighborhood located on the eastern side of urban Honolulu just past Diamond Head. According to its neighborhood board, Waialae-Kahala runs from the eastern edge of Diamond Head, up along Luawai Street, and into the mountains along Halekoa Drive. Split in half by the H1 Freeway, the neighborhood has numerous destinations. Diamond Head is nestled on the neighborhood’s makai end while Kahala Mall provides access to shopping in the neighborhood’s center. The area around Diamond Head and Kahala Avenue is popular with recreational cyclists, with many using it as their staging point for rides out along Kalanianaole Highway. Outside of bike lanes on Kealaolu Avenue and Kalanianaole Highway, the area has little bike infrastructure.
What the Oahu Bike Plan calls for:
The Oahu Bike Plan attempts to augment the bikeways in the area, improving routes for cyclists headed from Diamond Head to Kalanianaole Highway and from Kalanianaole Highway into Kaimuki. The Bike Plan specifically suggests adding bike lanes to Diamond Head Road and a bike route to Kahala Avenue, a bike lane to Waialae Avenue underneath the H1 Overpass, and as a third option for cyclists, a bike route on Kilauea Avenue from Kapiolani Community College to Kahala Mall. The Oahu Bike Plan lists the projects in Waialae-Kahala as priority one (high priority).
- Diamond Head Road, Paki Avenue to Fort Ruger Park, Lane
- Kahala Avenue, Diamond Head Road to Kealaolu Avenue, Route
- Kilauea Avenue, Waialae Avenue to Makapuu Avenue, Route
- Waialae Avenue (H1 Viaduct), 18th Avenue to Ainakoa Avenue, Lane
What’s being done:
The City’s Department of Transportation Services currently has tentative plans to add bike lanes to Diamond Head Road. There are currently no other plans to implement bike infrastructure in the area.