Farrington Highway is a half-circle loop highway on western Oahu of the Hawaiian Islands. Farrington Highway begins as part of Hawaii Route 99 near Pearl City at Kamehameha Highway. Farrington Highway circles western Oahu as parts of Hawaii Route 7101, Hawaii Route 7110 and Hawaii Route 93 to the boundary of Kaena Point State Park. Through Kaena Point State Park the alignment of Farrington Highway loops the namesake Kaena Point via the abandoned grade of the Oahu Railway and emerges onto Hawaii Route 930. Farrington Highway follows Hawaii Route 930 where it terminates at Kaukonahua Road. Featured as the cover photo is Farrington Highway facing south from the end of the abandoned dirt portion in Kaena Point State Park.
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Part 1; the history of Farrington Highway
The namesake for Farrington Highway is Wallace Rider Farrington. Farrington was born in Orono, Maine during 1871 and would graduate from the University of Maine during 1891. During 1894 while traveling to Honolulu the Honolulu Advisor persuaded Farrington to stay on as their newspaper editor. Farrington was appointed the 6th Territorial Governor of Hawaii by President Warren G. Harding during July 1921. Farrington would serve as Territorial Governor until July 1929 and would ultimately die from heart disease during October 1933.
Prior to the Statehood the first signed highways within Hawaii Territory came into existence during World War II. During World War II the territory of Hawaii saw an influx of military activity following the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. Numerous Military Routes and early Hawaii Routes were signed through the Hawaiian Territory to aid military personnel in navigating the islands. Military Highways were assigned US Route style shields whereas lesser highways were assigned an early variation of what is now the Hawaii Route Spade.
A 1946 Army Map of the Island of Oahu shows the future current corridor of Farrington Highway as Military Route 2 from Ewa Junction to the vicinity of Kaena Point. From the opposite end of Kaena Point at Kawaihapai the future corridor of Farrington Highway is shown as Military Route 11 to Thompsons Corner. A full version of the 1946 Army Map of Oahu can be seen hosted on hawaiihighways.com here.
Below Hawaii Route 211/Ewa Beach Road can be seen branching from Military Route 2/Farrington Highway. This junction is now where Hawaii Route 7110 terminates at Old Fort Weaver Road.
During 1947 the Oahu Railway disbanded and its rails were eventually removed. The abandoned grade of the Oahu Railway at Kaena Point was incorporated into a dirt connecting segment of Farrington Highway between Makua Beach and Kawaihapai. Farrington Highway can be seen as a dirt road at Kaena Point between Makua Beach and Kawaihapai on the 1956 Shell Oil Highway Map of Hawaii.
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 Oahu the Island was assigned numbers in the range of 60-99. Farrington Highway was assigned as part of Hawaii Route 90 from Ewa Junction to Kaena Point and Hawaii Route 99 from Kaena Point to Hawaii Route 83 near Waialua. Hawaii Route 90 and Hawaii Route 99 can be seen aligned over Farrington Highway on the 1959 Gousha Highway Map of Hawaii.
Following the completion of Interstate H-1 what was Hawaii Route 90 on Farrington Highway west from Ewa Junction to Hawaii Route 76 on Farrington Highway was eventually reassigned as Hawaii Route 7101. As noted above Hawaii Route 99 was extended over a part of Farrington Highway to bridge the gap in the Kamehameha Highway. West of Hawaii Route 76 to Old Fort Weaver Road what was Hawaii Route 90 on Farrington Highway was retained as part of Hawaii Route 7110.
Following the completion of Interstate H-1 former Hawaii Route 90/Farrington Highway west from Old Fort Weaver Road to Makakilo Drive was relinquished from the State Highway System. The Farrington Highway from Makakilo Drive was bisected by the construction of Interstate H-1. What was Hawaii Route 90 the Farrington Highway from Interstate H-1 Exit 1E west to the entrance of Kaena Point State Park was reassigned as Hawaii Route 93. What was Hawaii Route 90 on Farrington Highway from the boundary of Kaena Point State Park has been abandoned and repurposed into as part of the Kaena Point Trail.