Interstate H-3 is a 15.32 mile freeway which runs the east/west on the Hawaiian Island of O'ahu. Interstate H-3 begins from the terminus of Interstate H-1 in Halawa and treks eastward over the Ko'olau Range across to Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Interstate H-3 is the primary highway connecting Naval Station Pearl Harbor to Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Mile for mile Interstate H-3 is largely considered to be one of the most scenic Interstate corridors. Pictured above is Interstate H-3 eastbound approaching the Tetsuo Harano Tunnel of the Ko'olau Range.
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Part 1; the history of Interstate H-3
Circa 1955 following the conclusion of World War II the United States Bureau of Public Roads renumbered the Hawaii Route System. The 1955 Hawaii Route Renumbering saw most of the conventions utilized by the current Hawaii State Route System established. Primary Hawaii Routes were given two digit numbers whereas Secondary Hawaii Routes were given three digit numbers. The Hawaii Routes were assigned in sequence for what Island/County they were located on coupled with what Federal Aid Program number they were tied to. In the case of O'ahu the Island was assigned numbers in the range of 60-99. In the case of the Pali Highway it was assigned as Hawaii Route 61. A far more detailed explanation of the 1955 Hawaii Route Renumbering can be found at hawaiihighways.com here.
During 1973 the Moanalua Gardens Foundation submitted an application to the U.S. Department of the Interior and Hawaii State Historic Preservation Officer to declare Moanalua Valley a historic landmark. Consequently the advisory board of the U.S. Secretary of the Interior recommended preservation of Moanalua Valley. The corridor of Interstate H-3 across the Ko'olau Range was discussed in public hearings to be determined if it should be added to the O'ahu General Plan.
Interstate H-3 eastbound Exit 15 accesses former Hawaii Route 63 on Kaneohe Bay Drive in Kailua. Interstate H-3 continues east of Exit 15 and terminates at the gate of Marine Corps Base Hawaii. A turnaround point to Interstate H-3 westbound can be found approaching the gate at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.