World Wide Ed
Fave Five Friday - Hawaii's Worst Parking Lots
August 28th, 2009

This one's been on my "to do" list for quite some time, but I just never got a chance to get around to it. A recent visit to Mililani Shopping Center refreshed my memory.

We've all experienced it. Bad parking lots. Whether it be too few parking stalls (for the demand) or just plain poor architecture/engineering, some of Hawaii's parking structures are pretty horrible and it's time to call them out on it. Not necessarily to make them do anything about it, but more just to have a friendly monku session amongst family. 8) Y'all ready? Let's do this!

  1. Pearl Kai - I have just 4 words: REE-DON-KU-LOUS!
  2. Hyatt Waikiki - this was suggested by a co-worker. Talk about narrow and dangerous. And on top of that parking is supah rare. Then again, it is Waikiki, so...
  3. Discovery Bay Center - recent trips to Bombay and Buffalo Wild Wings made me learn more about why I'm not very fond of this structure. The stalls are insanely packed (tight) together and at the weirdest angles. Not to mention, they share the lot with some rent a car place. Just weird.
  4. Mililani Shopping Center/Costco - there is like NEVER any parking here, which I guess is a good thing because bidness is going well. But still... I sometimes avoid going here because I know what the parking sitch is gonna be like. :\
  5. Anywhere with dumb drivers- drivers who don't know how to stay in their lines! Ho da irraz!

As I was putting this list together, I was like WTH!? These can't be the worst. I know I'm missing some. Ah, I'm sure your lists will refresh my memory. Holla atcho boy!

Happy VHO7V Friday and have an awesome weekend k? Shoots!

74 Responses to “Fave Five Friday - Hawaii's Worst Parking Lots”

  1. tita leerz:

    Yo Peeps!
    Mililani Shopping Center, on da Jack's side: the parking lot is getting resurfaced. Hopefully, when they re-stripe the stalls, the stall widths don't shrink!


  2. Bill:

    Yes, Pioneer Plaza has parking around the edges. It's that building with Plaza Club in it.


  3. pink lady:

    @ tita leerz: i hate that jack in the box! whenever i go to the drive thru they always make me park on the side and wait for my order. and then to top it off the order isn't even right!


  4. 123987:

    Any Don Quiote on any Tuesday.


  5. Rosette:

    yes you think after you get your breast flatten they invent something much better!! yes all the money goes to make the best parking lot while my brest is pancake!


  6. Rosette:

    I WONDER WHO INVENTED THAT PANCAKE BREAST MACHINE...do they do that to guy...SLAM!!!


  7. Rosette:

    see that YES SURE I NEVER HAVE TO BE WEDGE THE BEST PANCAKE PARKING LOT!


  8. Rosette:

    can you imagine you know if you got breast cancer then TWIST TWIST TWIST wouldn't it POP...!


  9. Rosette:

    @tita leerz oh I was very agile while I was pregnant ..still jumping around liek a fool...so I guess what you need to do when you go the the parking lot at the hospital if you are pregnant is CRAWL at the back of the .vehicle.omg ..one lady I remember she said one time she park and two car wedges her from both side so she cannot get in..she is big pregnant..that is why you need a VAN you crawl at the back...omg...I amek sure I always have company when I got to hospital they can crawl for me.....


  10. Rosette:

    yes in Philippines my cousin told they hire drivers...then they just call them if they want to be picked up...so they don't have to hassle for parking.


  11. Rosette:

    WELL THANK GOD MY OLDEST CAN DRIVE ....no hassle for me anymore.


  12. hemajang:

    Was lucky today, like tita lourdes said, Mililani Shopping Center parking lot getting resurfaced but had one stall open by Jack's, in da shade even. At first I was driving around the side where they not resurfacing and saw 2 stalls open but this lady got there first and would you believe she parked so crooked I couldn't park in the other one so good thing had that one by Jack's. Before my appointment there with my optometrist I stopped by Waipio Costco and like mentioned before the parking there is very good-unless you there on a busy Saturday, there are enough stalls and are extra wide.


  13. bB:

    @NeedaHobby - that's right i just noticed that last week. also that shopping area only has one stoplight and it always backs up.

    i went to maui walmart last week and that area is kiind of screwed up. i had to park by the garden shop side and that side had choke people too. the traffic is all backed up on the roads because of walmart and home depot.


  14. Tahoe-gal:

    Oh gosh, what a hoot! From parking lots to mammograms...talk about a need-to-know-basis...but "funny, OMG!" What next...from favorite kind of shaved ice to...uh, gynecological exam? Can't wait.


  15. Sherri Rigg:

    The parking lot at Jamba Kapahulu was repaved Aug. 24 - 26....ENJOY!


  16. World Wide Ed:

    * 47.snow:
    and the pedestrians gotta walk inches behind your car while you're still backing out, so you have to STOP for them! so annoying!

    I know pedestrians get da right of way, but I hate those who take it to the extreme, as if they own the road, walking though a busy road... :(

    * 48.snow:
    scott - hmm... musta made a lot of trips to kapiolani recently, huh? hee hee... but, i hear you on the sucky parking lot! first time i went there, i was late for my appointment because i was circling the parking lot for so long! even my blood pressure was high when i got to the doc - and they said that happens often (they took it again later and it was fine)!

    Woah, that's funny that they knew about it Informer. Craziness!

    * 49.snow:
    ala moana center - upper level parking, by pearl. OMG! could stalls be any smaller? i know they were probably trying to maximize the number of stalls there but the narrow straight stalls are crazy! even an inch makes a difference up there!

    Doesn't help that all the peeps leaving that area are probably a bit tipsy eh? 😛

    * 50.jknakas1:
    You watching the fight tomorrow, Ed?

    Ya-ya-ya-yaknowit! 2nd row ringside baby! You knockers?

    * 51.tita leerz:
    Yo Peeps!
    Mililani Shopping Center, on da Jack's side: the parking lot is getting resurfaced. Hopefully, when they re-stripe the stalls, the stall widths don't shrink!

    How does erryone know the scoops with MSC? Leerz, dats not even yo hood an den!

    * 52.Bill:
    Yes, Pioneer Plaza has parking around the edges. It's that building with Plaza Club in it.

    Ahhh. Yes, then I must concur Bills! Sucky Suckerton! 😉

    * 53.pink lady:
    @ tita leerz: i hate that jack in the box! whenever i go to the drive thru they always make me park on the side and wait for my order. and then to top it off the order isn't even right!

    I say just go to Mililani Restaurant pinky. Little more expensive but guaranz two meals in one! :)

    * 54.123987:
    Any Don Quiote on any Tuesday.

    Word up 123987!

    * 56.Rosette:
    I WONDER WHO INVENTED THAT PANCAKE BREAST MACHINE...do they do that to guy...SLAM!!!

    Hooo! If they did that to guys down below, somebody would pay dearly! *grin*

    * 62.hemajang:
    Before my appointment there with my optometrist I stopped by Waipio Costco and like mentioned before the parking there is very good-unless you there on a busy Saturday, there are enough stalls and are extra wide.

    Yeah, the stalls are good but sometimes you gotta park in boony land yeah hemmaz? :(

    * 63.bB:
    @NeedaHobby - that's right i just noticed that last week. also that shopping area only has one stoplight and it always backs up.

    You guys both from Maui or somethin', or was just partyin' up dea?

    * 64.Tahoe-gal:
    Oh gosh, what a hoot! From parking lots to mammograms...talk about a need-to-know-basis...but "funny, OMG!" What next...from favorite kind of shaved ice to...uh, gynecological exam? Can't wait.

    Shave Ice to Gynecological exam? Hmmm... Good suggestion Tahoe-gal! 😛 BTW, we may be going up near Reno/Tahoe area. Any suggestions? :)

    * 65.Sherri Rigg:
    The parking lot at Jamba Kapahulu was repaved Aug. 24 - 26....ENJOY!

    Kewl! Thanks for the tip Sistah Sherri! :)


  17. kuya.d:

    @Ed - I imagine Lourdes busting out "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" or "This Used to Be My Playground", some "True Blue" and "One Time for the Hootchie Mama" .... Haha! You know I keeding leerz!


  18. kuya.d:

    @Ed - oh yeah, the Wilson's shave ice side is not bad, I was thinking about the opposite side where get Dragon Mama and Big Island Surf.


  19. kuya.d:

    I got a couple more Hilo ones

    McDonald's Downtown Hilo - just because the drive-thrus get slammed espesh at lunch. It gets so bad that it overflows onto the street and you cannot get into the parking lot.

    KTA Puainako - during weekends, the Jack's side with that weird intersection gets backed up onto the main drag. Then the entrance by pizza hut gets all backed up too with erryone crossing to get in the store. It's just that traffic pattern in there.


  20. kuya.d:

    What about Waikele Outlet, the upper side. Over there gets nuts on the weekends!


  21. bB:

    @ed - i think there is at least 3 of us from maui.

    you going visit us with the $25 fares going on. maybe the we would have a chance with the where is ed. 😆


  22. NeedaHobby:

    @Ed - 😎

    @bB - yup, yup, totally agree with you. Traffic really gets backed up when drivers try to turn left out of the Wal-mart parking lot ... or try to turn left out of the Maui Marketplace parking lot onto Dairy Road (near Borders or McDonalds). Never understand why people don't use the traffic light???


  23. Tahoe-gal:

    ...just checked and saw your response/question: actually, we don't go down the mountain into Reno much because Carson is closer. Reno is to fly in and out of, service the car, some of the bigger malls and the occasional overnight at my fave hotel-casino, the Peppermill. There is a lot to do and see whether you are on the Calif. side or Nevada side of the Lake so whateva' floats yer' boat!


  24. World Wide Ed:

    * 67.kuya.d:
    @Ed - I imagine Lourdes busting out "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" or "This Used to Be My Playground", some "True Blue" and "One Time for the Hootchie Mama" .... Haha! You know I keeding leerz!

    "You ain't nuthing but a hootchie mama! One bad one bad hootchie mama!" Ahahaha!

    * 68.kuya.d:
    @Ed - oh yeah, the Wilson's shave ice side is not bad, I was thinking about the opposite side where get Dragon Mama and Big Island Surf.

    Ahhh yes. That side is nuts! We just walked over from the Wilson's side last time. I broke my slipper though and had to buy a new one! D'ohs!

    * 69.kuya.d:
    McDonald's Downtown Hilo - just because the drive-thrus get slammed espesh at lunch. It gets so bad that it overflows onto the street and you cannot get into the parking lot.

    Nevah seen um like dat (we nevah pass by during lunch), but I can imagine it getting like dat fo sho!

    * 70.kuya.d:
    What about Waikele Outlet, the upper side. Over there gets nuts on the weekends!

    Oh yeah! Even the lower side... by Jurison's! NUTS!

    * 71.bB:
    you going visit us with the $25 fares going on. maybe the we would have a chance with the where is ed.

    Eh, I had a few from Maui no? At least one I remember (Tasaka's). 😉 We actually might be coming up in October. Any recommendations beeBz?

    * 72.NeedaHobby:
    @Ed - 8)

    I gotta do a neighborhood shout out blog or sumthin'! Hehe!

    * 73.Tahoe-gal:
    actually, we don't go down the mountain into Reno much because Carson is closer. Reno is to fly in and out of, service the car, some of the bigger malls and the occasional overnight at my fave hotel-casino, the Peppermill.

    Peppermill eh? I think we're staying at the Grand Sierra. Good stuffs Tahoe-gal? We'll check out the Peppermill too if we get the chance! :)