Electronic traffic signs posted on roadways around Aloha Stadium flash the warning: “Traffic Alert, Bruno Mars concerts.”
With an estimated 36,000 concert-goers for each of Bruno’s 3 nights, parking is expected to be pretty tight.
The neighborhood directly across from the stadium have already taken measures. Some homeowners have put cones on the streets in front of their homes.
“I expect everyone to cone off the front of their house and maybe park their cars to save parking for relatives and family,” said Halawa Valley Resident Nalu Enos.
There are multiple alternate parking sites for the concert, like Stadium Marketplace Shopping Center which once housed Kmart.
Radford High School is another official parking spot for Bruno Mars concert-goers. The school is canceling after-school activities tomorrow in anticipation of a full parking lot.
Though traffic may be a pain, local businesses around the Stadium say the rush of potential new customers is thrilling.
“This is a superstar coming to Hawaii, once in a lifetime. Especially with 36,000 people coming. It’s going to be way different than a UH game,” said Stadium Camellia Restaurant manager Chris Kim.
The Korean buffet at the Stadium Mall Shopping Center says reservations on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday are filling up.
“We noticed everyone is making reservations at 5 p.m., they want to enjoy dinner and drinks, have some fun, and go to the concert after,” explained Kim.
They’re also expecting big crowds at Restaurant 604 by Pearl Harbor Visitors Center,
“We sat down and we all thought: everybody get ready. This is going to be it. We’re all hands on deck for this. Everybody is coming in, we are fully staffed. We’re ready to rock. This is our Superbowl, as our boss would say. It’s our Superbowl!” said Restaurant 604 manager Rickey Bailey.
They’re not taking reservations on the nights Bruno Mars will be performing, but they are offering a free shuttle for restaurant-goers to and from Aloha Stadium.
“We figured that’s the least we can do, offer a free shuttle going back and forth,” said Bailey.