An expected closure of the H-1 freeway's westbound lanes from Kahala to Ko Olina lasted exactly 70 minutes, according to alerts sent by the city's Department of Emergency Management.
However, drivers reported closures on underpasses, and overpasses as early as 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning, lasting until just before 10:00 a.m.
Closures also extended to some eastbound lanes of the highway whenever motorcades crossed overpasses or underpasses on the H-1 freeway.
The official closure of H-1 freeway westbound began at 8:35 a.m. as APEC motorcades moved from Waikiki to the Ihilani Hotel and Resort in Ko Olina.
The first motorcade arrived at the venue around 9:15 a.m.
Doug Chin, Managing Director with the City and County of Honolulu told KITV4 News This Morning more major closures should be expected Sunday evening.
The APEC Closing Press Conference is scheduled for 4:45 p.m. and dignitaries may be leaving Ko Olina shortly after.
However some dignitaries, including President Barack Obama will be staying at the Ihilani for a North American Leaders Summit at 6:15 p.m.
The different departure times should mean that a total closure is not necessary, but safety officials are not ruling it out.
In previous statements, city transportation officials have said that the H-1 freeway will only be shut down for the leaders of Russia, China and the U.S.
Rolling and periodic closures are expected to continue through Monday and Tuesday morning as dignitaries depart using the air field at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam.