Sunday, February 6, 2011

Getting around in Honolulu

This place is confusing, especially compared to Utah.  I remember being amazed when I started driving in Utah... if you have the address, you have the location.  You can actually drive to the address without a map.  That wasn't the case in California, because the streets have names rather than numbers.  Still, most of the main streets run parallel and perpendicular to each other, so using a map is pretty straightforward.  Not so in Honolulu.  King Street is one way at times, two ways at other times.  It runs parallel to Beretania (which is usually one way in the other direction), but it also intersects with Beretania.  If you use a map to get to one of the main streets, you probably won't be allowed to turn onto the street the way you want to.  It's like Honolulu reads our minds and spontaneously produces "No Right Turn" signs just where they'll get in our way.  We've had some frustrating moments, but some good laughs, too.  Fortunately, one of our new friends at church recently loaned us their GPS.  I love that thing!  The only downer is that it doesn't seem to be aware that there is CONSTANT traffic on H1, especially at certain hours.  Honestly, I'm usually in 2nd or maybe 3rd gear on the freeway here.

I don't mean to sound like I'm complaining.  We just have to allow ourselves plenty of time to get somewhere, and all this traffic is great justification for upcoming bike purchases (once we can afford them).  Just need pest control to start..... (THAT was a complaint).

Anyway, here's an example of why you have to drive through every part of Honolulu at least twice before you have any clue where you're allowed to go, etc.


Brittney said...

woah crazy signs!!

missliss5/Melissa said...

Yeah, that sounds tough to figure out!!!