Lanes on a small portion of N. King Street, between River and Maunakea streets, will be affected by a film shoot this week.
A production company will be working at Kekaulike Mall and in neighboring Chinatown businesses. Sources say filming is for “Kong: Skull Island.”
The closures begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, when one makai lane of North King Street will be closed. At 8 p.m., two lanes will be closed. At 10 p.m., three lanes will be closed, leaving just one travel lane open until 5:30 a.m. Thursday.
On Thursday night, Dec. 17, one makai lane will be closed at 6 p.m., and two lanes will be closed at 8 p.m. Then at 10 p.m., all lanes of N. King Street will be closed between River and Maunakea streets until 5:30 a.m. Friday.
Officials say a full closure is required to address safety concerns and allow the production company to place equipment and actors safely on the street. During this time, motorists will be detoured to Pauahi Street and Nimitz Highway.
In addition, Kekaulike Street will be closed both nights from 4 p.m. until 6 a.m. the next day.
Chinatown will remain accessible to motorists via Nimitz Highway, Pauahi Street, or Beretania Street.
On both nights, buses that usually travel in the makai lane of N. King Street will be detoured away from the filming area onto Hotel Street from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. the next day. The bus stop at the corner of River and N. King streets will be relocated near the Maunakea and King Street intersection from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. both nights. The detoured buses return to King Street at Maunakea Street throughout the closure time. Bus service on King Street after Maunakea Street will be unaffected.
Deliveries will be accommodated for the businesses on N. King Street and Kekaulike Street affected by the closure. A police officer will be posted at the River and King Street intersection and will allow delivery vehicles into the closure area to unload between 4 a.m. until the road opens at 5:30 a.m.