We left the house at 10:20 am yesterday with the goal of snorkeling at Hanauma Bay in east Oahu. We thought that surely the Honolulu Marathon would be almost over, since it had started at 5:00 am, but, boy, were we wrong! There were thousands of people still jogging or walking along Kalanianaole Highway on their way to the finish line at Kapiolani Park in Waikiki.
Here are some photos I took from our car.
As you can see, the entire right section of the highway was devoted to the marathon. No residents on that side of the road were allowed to exit from their driveways! Those of us driving to Hanauma Bay were relegated to ONE lane on the left side of the road. Naturally, it was very slow:
After an hour of driving and realizing that it would take another hour to get to Hanauma Bay, we decided to cut our losses and return home. Here we are, behind a long line of cars, in Hawaii Kai. Pretty street. It was here that we turned around and headed in the opposite direction:
Note the people still walking or jogging to the finish line at Kapiolani Park. They had a long way to go!
Finally, we hit the freeway and were home in 30 minutes:
Lesson learned: Stay home during the Honolulu Marathon!