The sign at the airport parking says lot full.
Expect to get used to seeing the sign because what used to be 2,000 parking spaces in the main overseas lot at the Honolulu airport has been cut in half.
"This parking lot will be probably be full many times because we have reduced the parking to half. But the international terminal has plenty of parking," said Caroline Sluyter, spokeswoman for the state transportation department.
That was little consolation to exasperated residents who circled endlessly looking for a spot.
"This is terrible. They don't let anybody know what is going on and they put out stupid little signs that say 'enter on the second level.' Where the hell do you want us to go to the second level? No instructions. They didn’t even let us know that this was going to happen until now, when the parking gets rough," said Kaneohe resident Kathy Vail.
Even more confusing is there are signs that say certain sections are off-limits but cars are still parking there.
Other travelers were mad that other areas of the lot were coned off.
The DOT says it is a matter of safety for crews working down below.
The Defeo family was rushing to get their daughter on a plane for college and the delays finding parking only added to their stress.
"They had all these spots coned off and construction signs dates that weren't even close," said Dan Defeo.
Half the signs said February, another half said July 14.
"In the last month we have been here twice and it’s terrible every time," said Defeo.
State transportation officials said the new parking restrictions are due to the airport construction projects that will modernize the facility.
A new rental car structure will materialize soon.
But before it can be built, car rental companies will be temporarily moved into the overseas parking lot.
It is that temporary move that will close off half the structure for public parking for several years and why motorists are being routed to the international or the interisland parking structures.
"It took me a little longer than expected. But I see the construction signs I know its going to be bad for a bit," said Kenton Wong, an airline employee.
Airport employees still have access to park on the top floors and construction workers are parking on at the lower levels.
We asked why employees are being given preference in the lot over the general public.
DOT says it is looking at whether the situation will need to be tweaked.
"It is limited, but however there is an employee parking lot being built at Elliot Street. Half of that is open and once that it is complete, probably in January, than the rest of the employees will be able to park over there, so it’s a transition," said Sluyter.
It will likely take some time before the public gets used to the parking restrictions.
There are more changes to come as the airport modernization plan is expected to take five years to complete.