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Oahu Driving Laws

USE SEAT BELTS – It’s The Law: All occupants of a car must wear seat belts (regardless of age), and children weighing less than 50 pounds must be in a child safety or booster seat.

Effective July 1, 2009 - Motorists on the island of Oahu may be cited for operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile electronic device. See details.


Pay close attention to road signs; Honolulu and Waikiki have many one-way streets.

RIGHT ON RED Right turn on a red light is permitted after coming to a complete stop, unless otherwise marked.
USE TURN SIGNALS Outside of being a good driving practice… it’s considerate, and helps the flow of traffic while in congestion.

Rush hour is typically 6 - 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 - 6 p.m. Rush hour traffic is particularly heavy on the H1 Freeway and Nimitz Highway, going in or out of downtown and Waikiki. Also expect heavy weekend traffic on the North Shore when the surf's up during the winter.

PARKING SPACE Parking space is extremely limited in Honolulu and Waikiki, especially during the day. One of the least expensive parking garages is in the Harbor Court building, on Bethel Street across Nimitz Highway from Aloha Tower Marketplace.

Most Hawaii drivers don't use their horn unless it's an emergency, and if you're patient, most will let you in front of them in a line of cars. If someone lets you in, acknowledge them with a wave or thank you. The "Aloha Spirit"… need we say more?

SIGHT SEEING Some of O'ahu's freeways and two-lane highways are narrow, winding and scenic (such as the H3 Freeway). Don't drive and take your eyes off the road for sightseeing. If you pull over on H3 you could be ticketed.
LOST?... First… you’re on an island.  Second… don’t read a map while driving.
USE YOUR HEADLIGHTS It’s just a good idea to turn on your headlights:  Dusk to Dawn… on mountain roads… raining or fog.

If you ask for directions, you might get some you're not familiar with:

Diamond Head means toward Diamond Head
ewa (pronounced "eva") means away from Diamond Head
makai means toward the ocean
mauka means toward the mountains

DRIVE WITHOUT STRESS Hang Loose!! Remember… you’re on vacation!

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