Your privately owned vehicle (POV) will be shipped to Sand Island, Honolulu. You may call the Joint Personal Property Shipping Office (JPPSO), at the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) complex, to check the status of your vehicle, or check the tracking website at https://www.whereismyPOV.com. The number for inbound POVs is 808-848-8383. Once your POV has arrived on island, take the Sand Island Access Road from Nimitz Highway. Continue until you cross two stoplights. Take the first left turn into the fenced roadway, at Pier 51B, which is marked with two signs: Matson Navigations Company and Matson Autos. Continue on this roadway, following the autos signs.Registering Your Vehicle in Hawaii
All automobiles used on the highway must be registered with the state of Hawaii within 10 days of arrival. If you are not a legal resident of Hawaii, you may keep your original vehicle license plates, but you must register your car to get a Hawaii vehicle permit sticker. To complete vehicle registration, you are required to have proof of ownership or certificate of registration; shipping documents; and Hawaii no-fault insurance coverage. Additionally, Hawaii requires an annual safety inspection for all vehicles; valid identification card; and Non-resident Certificate Form DSL50 (to be signed by your commanding officer verifying your home of record as reflected in your service record).
For more information on vehicle registration, visit the Department of Customer Services at www.honolulu.gov/csd.Driver’s License Registration and Identification
Driver’s licenses issued by your home state are generally valid in Hawaii until they expire. If you wish to apply for a Hawaii driver’s license, you must present your Social Security card and current out-of-state license. If your out-of-state license has expired, you will be required to complete an application form and take and pass a written examination, eye test and road test. Your original license will not be returned. You must be 16 years of age to obtain a driver’s license in Hawaii. Persons 18 years of age and older, with a valid driver’s license from other states or Canada, may drive in Hawaii until their license expires or is otherwise declared invalid. Drivers age 16 and 17 must obtain legal parental or guardian consent, as well as pass a required driver’s education course. In addition, a driver’s education class is now required for those younger than 18. Driver’s licensing stations are usually located at district police stations and are run by the individual county. In 2009, Hawaii added legislation banning the use of electronic devices while driving.
The driver’s license stations throughout most of the Hawaiian Islands can manufacture on-site a complete plastic driver’s license with photograph. At some locations, permanent driver’s licenses will be mailed to the drivers who successfully pass the driving test. Motorcycle licenses and registration are handled by the individual county DMV.
The following list includes some helpful items to keep in mind when applying for a Hawaii driver’s license.
• The vehicle you drive must have current license plates, registration and safety check.
• The Hawaii motor vehicle insurance card must be current and valid. The name of the insured must be the same as the registered owner of the vehicle.
• Have all personal data proof documents when reporting for a driver’s license. In addition to presenting a Social Security card, you must also present a birth certificate or certificate of citizenship or naturalization.
• Those receiving treatment for alcohol or substance abuse are required to have medical clearance to receive a driver’s license.
• Oral examination provisions may be available for those who are unable to read, write or understand English.
• An instruction permit must be attained prior to applying for a road test.
• Those ages 15 to 17 must hold an instruction permit for no fewer than 90 days.
For more information, visit the Hawaii Driver’s License website at www.honolulu.gov/csd/vehicle/dlicense.htm.Insuring Your Vehicle in Hawaii
The following steps will help guide you in obtaining insurance in Hawaii. First, you will need to purchase an auto insurance policy provided by a Hawaii carrier. Out-of-state auto insurance policies are not valid for registering your vehicle in Hawaii. When you are registering your vehicle, you will need to show proof of auto insurance by presenting a Hawaii vehicle identification card (VIC), which should be kept in the vehicle at all times.
An auto insurance policy will cover losses that can result from damages or injuries sustained from an accident.
The following is the minimum mandatory auto insurance coverage for all vehicles operated on Hawaii roads:
• Bodily Injury Liability (BI): $20,000 per person and $40,000 per accident.
• Property Damage Liability (PD): $10,000 per accident.
• Personal Injury Protection (PIP): $10,000 per person.
Optional coverage that offers additional protection including uninsured and underinsured motorists coverage and collision are also available.
Once you have purchased a Hawaii auto insurance policy, you can register your vehicle with the state of Hawaii, which must be done within 10 days of arrival.Safe Driving in Hawaii
Driving in Hawaii is a little different from other states.
Use the following safe driving tips to help keep you and your family safe on the road:
• Local residents do not use north, south, east and west when giving driving directions. They will tell you to head mauka (toward the mountain) or makai (toward the ocean) or to go in the Diamond Head (east) or Ewa (west) direction.
• Landmarks are often driving markers instead of names of streets. Pay close attention to stores and intersections around you, as you may be told to turn right at the Wal-Mart or to turn at the Anna Miller’s near Pearlridge Center.
• Familiarize yourself with the names of the exit streets on freeway markers rather than the number of the exit. Most people do not know what number exit they live off.
• Merging on freeway on-ramps can be dangerous in Hawaii. Many Honolulu on-ramps are located very near the next off-ramp, so be careful when merging in and out of freeway lanes near the exits.
• Please drive with the “aloha spirit.” Be courteous of fellow drivers and always drive defensively.
• “Shaka” is considered a courtesy sign when merging in traffic.
Under Hawaii DMV guidelines, motorcycle operators in Hawaii must have a Class 2 motorcycle license or motorcycle instruction permit.
For information including driver’s license office telephone numbers and addresses, how to obtain a license, temporary permits, required skills for passing the motorcycle driver performance test, a guide to motorcycle and scooter insurance laws, insurance Q&A, motorcycle safety education program application, clothing and gear for riding, and motorcycle operating tips, see the Hawaii Department of Transportation Motorcycle Operator Manual (PDF) at www.hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/files/2013/01/mvso-Motorcycle-Operator-Manual.pdf.
Applicants must be at least 15.5 years old and pass the motorcycle knowledge test, a sign test and a vision screening. The final step is to pass the motorcycle skills test, where you will demonstrate your competency in motorcycle operation.
The state of Hawaii will waive your skills test and issue you a license if you have a motorcycle skills test certification for waiver issued by the Hawaii Motorcycle Safety Education Program or a valid motorcycle license or endorsement from a state that uses the motorcycle operator skill test. These two-day courses include classroom instruction and driver training in a controlled, off-street environment. When you successfully complete this course, you will be eligible for a Hawaii motorcycle driver’s license without having to take the state’s road test.
In addition to state of Hawaii laws, military bases also have requirements for motorcycle and moped operators and riders. The requirements differ slightly between services.
All services require every operator of a motorcycle to complete the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Basic Rider Course or other training approved by their service’s safety center. This training applies to riders whether or not they ride on or off base or on or off duty.
Source: https://safety.army.milSafety Course
To attend a motorcycle safety course at Marine Corps Base Hawaii (Kaneohe Bay), call 808-257-1830. Call 808-474-3447, ext. 233 to attend at Ford Island. Call 808-655-6455 to attend at Wheeler Army Air Field.
Motorcycle and moped requirements (for all riders entering military installations) include:
• Helmet: Must be Department of Transportation-approved and fastened properly under the chin.
• Eye Protection: Eyes must be protected by shatter-resistant goggles or a full face shield attached to the helmet. A windshield, eyeglasses or fairing alone is not considered proper eye protection.
• Shoes: Must wear closed-toe, over-the-ankle shoes with hard soles. Sandals, slippers, tennis shoes and other similar footwear is not authorized.
• Reflective Vest: During daylight hours riders must wear brightly colored, outer upper garment or high-visibility reflective vest. During the hours of darkness riders must wear a high-visibility reflective vest of international orange, lime green or bright yellow with reflective striping. Do not cover or conceal the vest while riding a motorcycle or moped. Military personnel may wear the vest over the uniform of the day. Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam requires a vest both day and night.
• Attire: Must wear long trousers, long-sleeve shirt or jacket and full-fingered gloves. Riding apparel designed specifically for motorcycle riders is strongly encouraged.
Before you ride, take your bike for a tuneup or buy a bike and support your local bike shop. They’re knowledgeable and like to help new cyclists. On Oahu, the local bike shops can help you ship your bike.Register Your Bike
All bicycles with 20 inch or larger wheels on Oahu are required to be registered in the city and county of Honolulu. There is a one-time fee of $15 and a fee of $5 when transferring ownership of a bicycle. After payment of the fee, the owner will be provided with a decal to be attached to the bicycle frame’s seat tube facing the forward direction. All taxes collected from the registration fees are deposited in a special bikeway fund, which is only used for bicycle-related city projects and programs.Bikes on TheBus
All buses on Honolulu’s TheBus system are equipped with either two- or three-capacity bike racks. Only single-seated, two-wheeled bikes are allowed on TheBus.
Safety reminders for loading a bike: When waiting to load a bike, always remain on the curb until TheBus has come to complete stop. Never approach TheBus from a side street. Bicycle racks are designed to be used from either the curbside or the front of the vehicle.Learn to Ride Safely — Adults
The Hawaii Bicycling League (HBL) offers Commuter Cycling 101 and Walk, Bike, Drive classes for free at Windward Community College and the University of Hawaii — Mnoa. HBL, with partnerships with local shops, also offers Traffic Skills 101.
Commuter Cycling 101 (CC101) is a two-hour mini introductory course on riding your bicycle in Hawaii, following bicycle traffic laws and being safe while commuting. With a League of American Bicyclists-certified instructor, 30 minutes will be spent in a classroom learning how to navigate Hawaii’s roads and interact with pedestrians and motorists. Another 30 minutes will be spent practicing defensive bicycling skills in a safe and controlled parking area. One hour will be spent implementing these practices and developing your skills on a group safety ride through the local neighborhood.
Walk, Bike, Drive (WBD) is a safety course for anyone who sets foot or tire on Hawaii’s streets and roads. Learn about comprehensive traffic safety with an hourlong classroom session on how to ensure your safety and the safety of others as a pedestrian, bicyclist and motorist. We will cover the rules of the sidewalk and roads, and the best practices to safely interact with those using other modes of transportation. Learn how to get safely across the street as a pedestrian, how to keep others safe when operating a motor vehicle and more.
Traffic Skills 101 will provide you with the skills and confidence needed to enjoy cycling in Honolulu. Course includes discussion on your rights and responsibilities under Hawaii law, where to ride on the road, who to ride with and where for a more enjoyable and safer experience, and how to develop your “radar” and sixth sense for safety. In addition, there will be discussion and some hands-on training on what equipment to use, clothes to wear for safety and comfort, and how to fix a flat, adjust your brakes and gear, and perform other general routine maintenance.Learn to Ride Safely — Keiki (Children)
The city and county of Honolulu sponsors the BikeEd Hawaii bicycle education program, which is run by the Hawaii Bicycling League. This nationally recognized program teaches on-road bicycle safety classes to fourth-grade students on Oahu.
The Hawaii Bicycling League also offers free community bike rodeos throughout the year on the island of Oahu. Visit the Hawaii Bicycling League’s website for more information on either program.Join a Weekly Ride and Register for an Event
Local bike shops and the Hawaii Bicycling League offer weekly rides and annual events. Visit an Oahu ride calendar at www.hbl.org/rides-calendar.Resources
Hawaii Bicycling League: www.hbl.org
Bike Map (Oahu): www.hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/bike-map-oahu
City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services: www1.honolulu.gov/dts/bikepage.htm
Oahu Bike Shops: Island Triathlon & Bike, The Bike Shop, EKI Cyclerly, McCully Bicycle & Sporting Goods, Boca, The Kickstand, BIKEFACTORY.
TheBus: www.thebus.org/howtoride/howtoride.aspAnnual Rides 2016Tour of Hawaii
Jan. 4-7, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This second-annual Tour of Hawaii is a team-only cycling ride on the Big Island. The four-stage event covers about 350 miles, traversing the island from Hilo and Waimea and other locales on different days. Each team must have at least five riders wearing the same kind of jersey as well as at least one support vehicle with the team name on all sides. Teams are responsible for their own hydration, food and other support.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.orgJohn B. Kelly’s Couples Ride
Every February, 8:30 a.m. at Kapiolani Community College, riding to Hawaii Kai for brunch at Cha Cha Cha Salsaria, 20 miles roundtrip, $22 per person, payable at the restaurant.
The JBK Couples Ride is named for John B. Kelly, former Hawaii Bicycling League treasurer and president, who would traditionally lead the group ride from the college to the restaurant for brunch. Kelly passed away in 2006, but the ride and his memory have carried on through the years.
For more information or to RSVP, contact Patricia Johnson at email@example.com or call 808-988-4633.Hawaii Century Ride
Spencer Beach Park, Highway 270
Kawaihae, HI 96743
April 3, 6:30 a.m.
The annual Hawaii Century showcases some of the most beautiful country roads in the state, including the Akoni Pule Highway, Kohala Mountain Road, Mamalahoa Highway (Hawaii Belt Road) and the Queen Kaahumanu Highway. The century route is a 110-mile loop course with an elevation gain of 6,500 feet. Metric and half-metric century routes are available.
The event features friendly riders, great aid stations, a souvenir T-shirt and post-ride local grinds. Proceeds from the event benefit North Hawaii Hospice. For more information and to register, visit www.active.com/kawaihae-hi/cycling/races/hawaii-century-ride-2016?int.Ride of Silence
Third Wednesday of May
Each May, cyclists around the world take to the roads in memory of those who have been killed or injured in collisions with vehicles.
The Ride of Silence is a silent ride at no more than 12 mph. There is no fee to register, no sponsors and no T-shirt. Join this ride to help raise cycling awareness while showing respect for those who have been killed or injured on the road. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 808-735-5756.