Dedication ceremony held for the opening of the Kapolei Interchange Complex, Phase 2 project

Posted on Feb 13, 2020 in Highways News, Main, News

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) held a dedication ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, for the opening of the Kapolei Interchange Complex, Phase 2 project, which will provide an additional access point for motorists traveling into and out of Kapolei Town.

The total cost of the Kapolei Interchange project is $64.5 million, with 80-percent federal funding and 20-percent state funding. The James Campbell Company, LLC provided approximately $5.7 million in land value, design fees, and other consultant fees that was considered as part of the state match on the project.

Construction of the new Interchange will provide motorists with an extended overpass of Wakea Street above the H-1 Freeway, connecting on and off ramps, and directional signage. With these improvements, westbound motorists will have an alternate route into Kapolei via an offramp from the Westbound H-1 Freeway to Wakea Street, and an alternate route leaving Kapolei via the onramp to Westbound Farrington Highway from the Wakea Street extension. The new interchange is expected to increase traffic flow by reducing the number of motorists taking the Makakilo offramp and motorists on Kalaeloa Boulevard between Farrington Highway and Kapolei Parkway. To view a map of the new interchange route, please click here.

The Kapolei Interchange project began in mid-2016 and is scheduled to be completed by March 2020, weather permitting. Following the blessing of the structures, the Kapolei interchange will be open for motorists to use. However, motorists are advised that some closures will still be necessary to finish punch list items such as landscaping and permanent sign installation.

HDOT thanks the public for their cooperation and support towards creating a safe, efficient and sustainable transportation system for Hawaii. For more information on the Kapolei Interchange project, please view the project website at

See below for photos of the dedication ceremony.

Gov. Ige speaks at the dedication of the Kapolei Interchange Phase 2. Photo courtesy: “HDOT” or “Hawaii Department of Transportation”.


Untying of the maile lei by Ed Brown (Goodfellow Bros), Rep. Stacelynn Eli, Ralph Rizzo (Hawaii Division Administrator for FHWA), Gov. David Ige, Rep. Sharon Har, Steve Kelly (Kapolei Properties Division), Ed Sniffen (HDOT Highways Deputy Director), and Kahu Kordell Kekoa. Photo courtesy: “HDOT” or “Hawaii Department of Transportation”.


Wakea Street overpass. Photo courtesy: “HDOT” or “Hawaii Department of Transportation”.


Wakea Street offramp from H-1 westbound. Photo courtesy: “HDOT” or “Hawaii Department of Transportation”.