Kamehameha Highway

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Kamehameha Highway is one of the main highways serving suburban and rural O‘ahu in the U.S. state of Hawaii. Starting from Nimitz Highway near Pearl Harbor and Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, it serves the island's older western suburbs, turning north across the O‘ahu Central Valley to the North Shore. At the North Shore, Kamehameha Highway heads northeast around the northern tip of O‘ahu, then southeast to and just beyond Kāne‘ohe Bay on the windward coast.

Note that Kamehameha Highway is a "fractured" roadway and that the discussion below is for its more well-known route as State Highway 99. Kamehameha Highway actually starts east of the southern terminus noted below, at the intersection of Dillingham Boulevard and Puuhale Road near the Oahu Community Correctional Center in Kalihi continuing west until the H-1 Viaduct. It is said that this very short segment of Kamehameha Highway is a remnant left over from the days before construction of the elevated H-1 Freeway Airport Viaduct. Indeed, some long-time locals will maintain that the east-bound section of roadway under the Viaduct is Nimitz Highway whereas the west-bound section is Kamehemeha Highway. Since there are no businesses or other addresses along the west-bound section under the Viaduct, there is nothing to support this assertion.

State route numbers[edit]

Route 99 (Honolulu to Haleiwa)[edit]

Route 99
Location Honolulu, HawaiiHaleiwa
Length 24.1 mi (38.8 km)

As Route 99, Kamehameha Highway begins at its southern terminus at the Pearl Harbor interchange of Interstate H-1 near Pearl Harbor and Hickam Air Force Base. The highway runs north past the Pearl Harbor historic sites such as the USS Arizona Memorial and the USS Bowfin, the Admiral Clarey Bridge to Ford Island leading to the USS Missouri, and Aloha Stadium. The highway then turns west through the suburbs of Aiea and Pearl City, passing Pearlridge Center, the state's second largest shopping mall.

After passing Pearl City and the interchange with Interstate H-2 near Waipahu, Route 99 turns north through the central O'ahu suburbs of Waipio and Mililani. South of Wahiawā near Wheeler Army Airfield, the named Kamehameha Highway continues through Wahiawā as Route 80, while Route 99 (as Wilikina Drive and Kamananui Road) bypasses Wahiawā on the west, rejoining Kamehameha Highway north of Whitmore Village. It then continues north through pineapple fields and former sugar cane fields to the junction with Route 83 near Haleiwa.

Major intersections

The entire route is in Honolulu County.

Location mi km Destinations Notes
Route 83 (Kamehameha Highway) to Route 930 – Kahuku, Waialua, Haleiwa
Route 80 south (Kamehameha Highway) – Wahiawa, Honolulu
Kaukonahua Road (Route 801) - Wahiawa, Waialua
Wilikina Drive (Route 803) - Waialua
Route 76 south (Kunia Road) – Schofield Barracks Main Gate, Kunia, Ewa
Wahiawa H-2 south / Route 80 north (Kamehameha Highway) – Honolulu, Wahiawa H-2 exit 8; Route 99 east follows exit 9
Route 7101 west – Waipahu interchange
H-1 east – Honolulu H-1 exit 8B; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
H-1 west / H-2 north – Waianae, Mililani, Wahiawa H-1 exits 8A-8C; H-2 south exits 0A-B; no access from Route 99 east to H-1 west
Route 78 east to H-201 east / H-1 east – Honolulu interchange
Aiea (Route 7210) interchange; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Honolulu H-1 east / Route 92 – Honolulu, Airport, Hickam AFB, Naval Base H-1 exit 15A
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Route 80 (Wahiawa)[edit]

Route 80
Location Wahiawa
Length 1.9 mi (3.1 km)

As Route 80, Kamehameha Highway begins at the interchange with Interstate H-2 and Route 99 and passes through central Wahiawā and passing Whitmore Village before rejoining Route 99 north of Wahiawa.

Major intersections

The entire route is in Honolulu County.

Location mi km Destinations Notes
Wahiawa H-2 south / Route 99 (Kamehameha Highway / Wilikina Drive) – Honolulu, Kunia, Schofield Barracks H-2 exit 8
Route 7012 (Whitmore Avenue) – Whitmore Village, U.S. Naval Communication Station
Kaukonahua Road (Route 801 west) - Waialua
Route 99 west (Kamehameha Highway) – Haleiwa no left turn northbound
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Route 83 (Haleiwa to Kaneohe)[edit]

Route 83
Location WahiawaMaunawili
Length 43.9 mi (70.7 km)

Originally, Kamehameha Highway continued as Route 83 at the junction with Route 99 at Weed Junction in Haleiwa, passing through Haleiwa up the North Shore. Since 1996, Route 83 begins inland from Weed Junction as the Joseph P. Leong Highway and bypasses Haleiwa town on the inland side, rejoining Kamehameha Highway north of Haleiwa.

From Haleiwa, Kamehameha Highway passes Waimea Bay, Sunset Beach, and the Turtle Bay Resort at the northern tip of O'ahu before heading down the Windward Coast communities of Lai'e, Hau'ula, Punalu'u, and Ka'a'awa.

At Kahalu'u, Kamehameha Highway follows the coastline through He'eia and the main commercial district of Kaneohe (this segment was formerly Route 836), while Route 83 continues as Kahekili Highway bypassing Kaneohe town to the west before reaching the junction with Likelike Highway (Route 63). Route 83 rejoins Kamehameha Highway in Kaneohe and continues south to the interchange with Interstate H-3 and the eastern terminus at Route 61.

Major intersections

The entire route is in Honolulu County.

Location mi km Destinations Notes
Haleiwa Route 930 (Kaukonahua Road) / Kamehameha Highway (Route 8300) / Waialua Beach Road (Route 9262) – Haleiwa, Waialua, Mokuleia Weed Circle (traffic circle)
Route 99 east (Kamehameha Highway) – Wahiawa, Honolulu
Haleiwa Kamehameha Highway (Route 8300) - Haleiwa
Kahaluu Kamehameha Highway (Route 6510)
Kaneohe Route 63 south (Likelike Highway) – Honolulu, Pearl Harbor
Kaneʻohe Bay Drive (Route 65) / Kamehameha Highway (Route 6510) - Kaneohe, Kaneohe MCBH
H-3 – Kailua, Kaneohe MCBH, Pearl Harbor H-3 exit 11
Route 61 (Pali Highway) – Kailua, Waimanalo, Honolulu
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
Browse numbered routes
Route 98 HI-99.svg Route 130
Route 78 HI-80.svg Route 83
Route 80 HI-83.svg Route 92

Related routes[edit]

Route 830
Location KahaluuKaneohe
Length 5.5 mi (8.9 km)

Hawaii Route 830 is a 5.5-mile-long (8.9 km) north–south route on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. Its northern terminus is with Route 83, near Kahaluu. It then continues southward along the shore of the Kaneohe Bay, until its southern terminus with Routes 63 and 83, only 1.5 miles away from Interstate H3.

Browse numbered routes
Route 750 HI Route 901

See also[edit]

Route map: Google

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