The Essential Survival Guide for APEC Hawaii 2011

Local news media outlet Civil Beat has put together an essential survival guide for APEC Hawaii. We highly recommend this guide to anyone staying in Hawaii during the convention, November 7 – 13, 2011. There’s no question that the APEC conference in Honolulu has disrupted daily life on Oahu in a number of ways. Streets have been blocked off, hotels are booked full (and some are off-limits), parking is increasingly limited, and more.Instead of trying to create our own APEC Survival Guide, we decided it’s best to leave this project in the hands of one of Hawaii’s top media teams, Civil Beat. From the Civil Beat APEC Survival Guide:
  • Road Closures: Local tourism officials say Waikiki will be open for business during APEC. But sections of it will be virtually impenetrable during key APEC events. For Ko Olina, the worst day will be Sunday. We’ve got the full details, plus maps.
  • Park Closures: Diamond Head Crater is off-limits. So are huge chunks of Ala Moana Beach Park, Ala Wai Community Park and more.
  • Beach and Surf Closures: Thinking about catching waves off Waikiki during APEC? You may want to look elsewhere.
  • Where To Park: It’s complicated. The Secret Service will be blocking off lots of streets. Best to read the fine print on any “No Parking” signs you see.
  • theBus Route Detours: Key arteries including Ala Moana Boulevard and Kapiolani Boulevard will be affected by closures — and Honolulu buses will be detoured. We’ve got maps and route details here.
  • Marina & Waterway Restrictions: There are closures on land and closures at sea, too. The Secret Service has put out several helpful maps.
  • Trash Pick-up? High security and road closures means some trash collection schedules could be changed. We’re keeping tabs.
  • APEC Parties and Official Events: We like to party. And so do all those delegates from 21 member economies. There will be lots of fancy receptions for high-level diplomats. We’ve highlighted some of the key events and symposiums planned for APEC week.
  • APEC CEO Summit:One of the highlights of the week. The conference will run Nov. 10-12, in conjunction with the leaders’ conference. More than 1,500 attendees are expected, including including 11 government leaders, 62 private sector Chairmen and CEOs and others.
  • Alternative Events: There will be a host of alternative events and concurrent symposiums planned around APEC.

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