HONOLULU (KHON2) – Supporters of Ku Kia’i Mauna planned the Mauna Convoy for Sunday.
It started at Maunalua Bay at 9 a.m.
About 70 vehicles are expected to participate.
Then it proceeds to Kalanianaole Highway. westbound, to Moanalua Freeway, to continue westbound on Farrington Highway., to end at Maili Beach Park.
The event organizer has agreed to follow all traffic rules and regulations unless otherwise directed by HPD.
HPD officers will be moving with the vehicles along the route to ensure the safety of the participants and the general public. Additional officers will be positioned at the beginning and end of the event. Heavy traffic is expected along the entire route, including freeway on-ramps and nearby streets. HPD asks drivers to please exercise caution and patience.
The convoy must remain on H-1 freeway until Maili and may not exit at Waipahu to drive down Farrington Highway.
The Convoy is expected to end at about noon at Maili Beach Park.
There are police stationed at every intersection in the Hawaii Kai area.
Police held traffic back in Hawaii Kai to allow the convoy to proceed.
There are also people lined up on the overpass walkways showing their support for the kia’i, protectors of Mauna Kea.
A legal convoy caused a lot of traffic Sunday morning and afternoon from Hawaii Kai to Maili.
A group of 70 Mauna Kea supporters was allowed to peacefully demonstrate down multiple highways.
Yet, many non-participants were unaware of road and on-ramp closures.
By the time the convoy reached Maili Beach Park, hundreds of cars were driving down the highways showing their support for Mauna Kea.
The City and County of Honolulu issued Jamie Rodrigues a permit to show her support for Mauna Kea.
Originally, the State Department of Transportation said she asked for several hundred cars to be in her convoy. However, the DOT said they thought that would be unsafe and they allowed her 70 cars.
The convoy of 70 cars started at Maunalua Bay but many non-participants were unaware the road would be closed until the convoy left. Those who sat in the closure said the road remained closed for almost an hour.
“I think there were some hiccups maybe some miscommunication between what was permitted and what was agreed upon leaving Maunalua, so we would have liked to have a little more conversation this morning to ensure that it went smoothly,” said Jamie Rodrigues, the convoy organizer.
Some drivers were upset sitting in traffic and police officers tried to control the situation.
However, some drivers said they didn’t mind waiting.
“What I saw first was a smaller convoy, but once that cleared through about 70 cars, it seemed like the mass of people came after that,” said Makaha resident Sunny Makua.
“I felt touched like this is our people from this island being able to support the Mauna,” she said.
H1 West on-ramps were also shut down which backed up traffic.
Police were in the front and back of the convoy but the group became separated, allowing other cars to come in.
“It was pretty organized except we got broken up in certain sections coming out here, but for the most part it was peaceful and no accidents so that was good I mean there was a lot of people,” said Mahealani Martin, Honolulu resident.
The permit stated all participating vehicles would remain in one lane.
Those who joined the convoy and didn’t follow the rules were pulled over by police.
“Our people followed directions, they understood what happened at the briefing,” said Rodrigues.
Many kiai or protectors stood on freeway overpasses to show their support.
“I have no words to express what we saw today,” Rodrigues said crying. “The amount of support and love, people were on the overpass as we came, we aloha each other on the freeway back and forth and everyone was doing the best they can to be unified to be pono.”
Hundreds of people waited for the convoy at Maili Beach Park.
Many people did call and complain about the traffic, however, the kiai say they appreciate everyone’s patience today.