During a "superpave" project along Interstate H-201 (Hawaii 78) in July 2004, night time closures resulted in the placement of new I-H201 signs in both directions of the Moanalua Freeway.2 Photo taken by Brian Galapin.
Interstate H-201 supersedes Hawaii 78 along the Moanalua Freeway between the Halawa Interchange at Aiea and Kalihi by Fort Shafter Military Reservation. IH-201 lines all of the Moanalua Freeway with the exception of the western 0.7 miles between Kamehameha Highway (Hawaii 99) and the Halawa Interchange.
The urban freeway constitutes a commuter route between Downtown Honolulu and points along Interstate H1. The freeway also serves Aliamanu Military Reservation, Tripler Army Medical Center and Fort Shafter in addition to the Salt Lake area. Connections at the west end also provide direct access to Aloha Stadium.
The easternmost portion of the Moanalua Freeway was completed in 1959-60 and signed as Hawaii 72. This stretch, between Puuloa Road (Exit 3) and Middle Street, was renumbered to Hawaii 78 when Interstate H1 was designated. The remainder of Moanalua Road was upgraded to freeway standards during the 1980s.
This led to the Federal Highway Administration incorporating the freeway to the Interstate system on February 1, 1989.2 Hawaii submitted Interstate H-1A as the designation for the route to AASHTO on June 2, 1990. Action was withheld at that meeting. A subsequent application to AASHTO on December 8, 1990 resulted in the approval of Interstate H-201 instead of either Interstate H-1A or Interstate H-101.
|Perspective from Interstate H-201 west
||Exit 2 serves Moanalua Valley, Salt Lake, and Red Hill. The next two exits along eastbound Interstate H-201 are Exits 1D-E, which serve Interstate H-3 and Halawa Heights. Photo taken by Jeff Royston, 02/01/06.
||Westbound Interstate H-201 approaching its end at Interstate H-1 near Aiea. Hawaii 78 continues as a freeway for short distance to end at Hawaii 99, the Kamehameha Highway. Photo taken by Oscar Voss, 11/01.
|Perspective from Interstate H-201 east
||Eastbound Interstate H-201 approaches Exit 3, Hawaii 7310. The freeway merges into Interstate H-1 about three miles east of here. Photo taken by Jeff Royston, 02/01/06.
||Continuing east, Interstate H-201 approaches its end at Interstate H-1 in Honolulu. Photo taken by Oscar Voss, 11/01.
- Voss, Oscar. "Interstate H-201 update." Online posting, misc.transport.road, September 17, 2003.
"Moanalua is actually part of interstate." Honolulu Star-Bulletin, July 27, 2004.
Page Updated July 8, 2015.