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This page serves as the primary resource for editors of Hawaii. Review all the sections to better understand how the guidelines for this state might deviate from the overall USA or worldwide guidelines. If you have any comments or questions about this page or state refer to the community links below.

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Hawaii is a part of the Southwest region, which includes the states and/or territories of:

Arizona / California / Colorado / Hawaii / Nevada / New Mexico / Utah.

Aloha to everyone interested in editing the Waze map for Hawaii! We look forward to working with new editors to help keep up with changes to the transportation system and points-of-interest across the state. Adding new editors who live in Maui, Kauai and Hawaii counties is an especially critical priority, as well as editors with access to military bases, but everyone is welcome — your contributions are needed.
However, it's important that managers be able to contact you, so all editors will be required to have private messaging turned on.

Mapping resources

Before editing the maps in Hawaii, be sure to fully review and understand the editing manual.

The Waze user community follows the Waze etiquette guidelines discussed in the Wiki. Be sure to familiarize yourself with these guiding principals while editing the maps and this Wiki, as well as when communicating with other Waze users.

See Hawaii/Resources for guidance in Hawaii that may not be universal to all other states and territories.


The Waze forum is a great place to find answers to previously asked questions and also a place to ask new ones. Below are links to the forums specific to Hawaii.

Area Managers for Hawaii can be found in the table below.

New editors should consider checking into the formal mentoring program available at no charge.

Editor community

Hawaii communication is now unified in the Waze Southwest Region Discord community. To join the group, click here, sign up, and say Hi : https://discord.gg/twxnqnU All editors are also recommended to join the US National community as well: https://discord.gg/WRq3tzV

Other community resources

There is also a Waze Hawaii Facebook page, but this is meant more as a channel for app changes for Wazers and general awareness.

See Hawaii/Community for guidance in Hawaii that may not be universal to all other states and territories.


"Boat is fine." – Gil Disatnik, 4 February 2023

Cities and towns

One of the most common errors when editing the maps is when an editor creates a road and does not confirm the road by setting the city and road name (or stating it has none).

Duplicate cities can be caused by incorrectly named segments and should be corrected following the guidelines in the duplicate cities article.

Some states and territories manage a separate page on cities and towns to identify the specific city names that should be entered, and no others. For states that do not have a separate page to track the names, see this Wikipedia link and find the state or territory in question.

Major roads

Hawaii follows the general road naming and road type guidelines of the USA.

Functional Classification

Hawaii is following the Functional Classification (FC) system for the USA, according to the federal Functional Classification standards adopted by the state Department of Transportation. Please do not alter roadway types without consulting with a state manager.

Lock Levels

We observe the following minimum lock levels for Waze road types:

  Freeway  5
  Ramp  5
  Major Highway  4
  Minor Highway  3
  Primary Street  2
All Others 1

Note that these are minimums and, for protection, certain segments may be at higher lock levels.

Mile Markers/Mile Posts

In Hawaii, road closures are often reported by the Department of Transportation and the local Police Department at Mile Marker/Mile Post numbers because of the long stretches of country roads with minimal landmarks or intersections. The usage of Place Points is advantageous for editors in the case of closing roads for maintenance or accidents by allowing the Mile Marker/Mile Post to be searchable from inside the Waze Map Editor. If you find a Mile Marker/Mile Post on Waze Streetview that has not yet been placed in the map, please follow these steps to create one:

  1. Find the approximate area where the Mile Marker/Mile Post is on the map
  2. Add a transportation Place Point along the road where the Mile Marker/Mile Post exists
  3. Ensure that the category of the Place Point is Junction/Interchange
  4. Add the Primary Name of the point as [highway name] [highway number] MM ##. For instance, Mile Marker 31 on Piilani Hwy in Kaupō, Maui will have the Primary Name of "'Piilani Hwy CR-31 MM 31'". If you do not know the highway number, please ask for help to find the highway number via the Forum or the Hawaii Google Hangout.
  5. Add an alternate name with the abbreviation of Mile Post instead of Mile Marker for searchability i.e. "'Piilani Hwy CR-31 MP 31'"
  6. Mile Markers/Mile Posts should be saved as editor level 4, if you cannot save it as level 4, please contact one of the State Managers to raise the level of the new Mile Marker/Mile Post via the Forum or the Hawaii Google Hangout

See Hawaii/Major roads for guidance in Hawaii that may not be universal to all other states and territories.

Special roads

Drivable roads

Hawaii follows the standard USA guidelines for all of the following special road types.

Non-drivable roads

Review the Wiki guidelines for non-drivable roads to ensure compliance with the general guidelines.

Guidelines that vary by state or territory

The following special roads are managed slightly uniquely in some states and territories. This state uses the following standard guidelines found in the Wiki.


When managing a section of roadway under construction or being closed for a major event, follow the Wiki guidelines on construction zones and Real time closures.

The Federal Highway Administration keeps a website indexing all states that can provide highway and construction project information. Go to the page, find your state, and check the links for the desired information.


Hawaii follows the USA standard for Places. Do not deviate from the guidelines without first obtaining consensus to do so via the state forum linked on this page.

In Hawaii the street segment fronting the Place often has one of the Census Designated Place (CDP) names in the City field for help with navigation. This often automatically populates the City field of the Place file. However, the Place file should be edited to list the City as displayed on the website or other primary source, usually the postal address.

See Hawaii/Places for guidance in Hawaii that may not be universal to all other states and territories.


Not every camera-looking device at an intersection is a speed or red light camera. Generally speaking:

  • a speed camera takes a photograph of a vehicle when it passes by the camera at too high a speed.
  • a red light camera takes a photograph of a vehicle that enters an intersection after the light is red. In some areas, it takes the photograph when a vehicle is not clear of the intersection some period after the light turns red.

Be sure to know your cameras before accepting new camera reports.

When adding a camera, be sure to review the camera placement recommendations.

Laws regarding speed and red light cameras vary between the states and territories, so be sure to understand the details of camera legality in Hawaii.

There is a Red Light camera program to begin at the end of 2021. The State of Hawaii does not utilize Speed Cameras at this time.

To do list

Many states and territories keep an active list of pending or closed actions that need to be done in the state by the editors. All editors are welcome to contribute to the list of activities.

See Hawaii/To do for things ToDo in Hawaii.

Area Managers

The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in Hawaii. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers Hawaii, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in Hawaii, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.

The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for Hawaii is automatically listed at the top of the table. That editor may not be highly active in this state and therefore may not be listed separately in the table.

Hawaii — Area, State, Country Managers, and Regional Coordinators
Regional Coordinator(s):
[RC] ottonomy (PM [Help])  
[ARC1] jemay (PM [Help])  
[ARC2] tonestertm (PM [Help])  
[ARC3] turbomkt (PM [Help])  
Username Area Managed Comments
Country Managers (Southwest region)
(Add to or edit Country and State sections of table)
TheChrisK(6) [PM [Help]]  Countrywide
Based in Omaha, NE
State Managers (Southwest region)
Machete808(6) [PM [Help]]  Hawaii email
Nacron(5) [PM [Help]]  Hawaii email
KuniaKid(5) [PM [Help]] 
Where ever you go, there you are.
Area Managers
(Add to or edit this section)
Firebrand66® (?) [Firebrand66® PM [Help]] link=https://www.waze.com/user/editor/ Firebrand66® ⁃Island of Oahu⁃ ※Defense Support to Civil Authorities※
long_xaing_ks(2) [PM [Help]]  Honolulu to Ko'olina
AquaZR1(3) [PM [Help]]  Kauai
Also AM in CA

The following editors are also editing in the state and may be working towards an Area Manager position. Feel free to contact them for assistance in their respective areas.

Other Area Editors (Add to or edit this section)
Username General Editing Area Comments
TheLocalCaffeineDealer(2) [PM [Help]]  Oahu Military Installations
UH60SI(1) [PM [Help]]  Oahu, HI Military Installations
mac0s9user(1) [PM [Help]]  Kauai
B-Rad17(1) [PM [Help]]  Oahu, Kauai
emc5blue(1) [PM [Help]]  Honolulu
TenaciousDizzle(1) [PM [Help]]  West/Central Oahu, Hickam/Pearl Harbor
georgem69(1) [PM [Help]]  Urban Honolulu

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