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Hawaii Festival Travel: Buses & Trolleys

Take a Bus or Trolley to the Hawaii Salsa Festival

BY BUS

One of the best deals anywhere, TheBus (tel. 808/848-5555, or 808/296-1818 for recorded information; www.thebus.org) will take you around the whole island for $2.50. In fact, on a daily basis, more than 260,000 people use the system's 68 lines and 4,000 bus stops.

TheBus goes almost everywhere and runs almost all the time. The most popular route is no. 8 (Waikiki/Ala Moana), which shuttles people between Waikiki and Ala Moana Center every 10 minutes or so (the ride is 15-20 min.). The no. 19 (Airport/Hickam), no. 20 (Airport/Halawa Gate), no. 47 (Waipahu), and no. 58 (Waikiki/Ala Moana) cover the same stretch. Waikiki service begins daily at 5am & runs until midnight; buses run about every 15 minutes during the day & every 30 minutes at night.

The Circle Island-North Shore route is no. 52 (Wahiawa/Circle Island); it departs Ala Moana Center every 30 minutes and takes about 4 1/2 hours to circle the island. The Circle Island-South Shore route is no. 55 (Kaneohe/Circle Island); it also leaves Ala Moana every half-hour and takes about 3 to 4 1/2 hours to circle the island.

You can buy a Visitors Pass for $25 at any ABC store in Waikiki (ABC stores are literally everywhere in Waikiki). It's good for unlimited rides anywhere on Oahu for 4 days.

TheBus - One way $2.50 http://www.thebus.org/

THEBUS - THE OAHU DISCOVERY PASSPORT
4-Day Unlimited Travel Pass for $25: http://www.thebus.org/fare/DiscoveryPass.asp

Popular Attractions from Waikiki by Bus: http://www.thebus.org/pop/pop.asp

From the Los Angeles Times

BY TROLLEY

It's fun to ride the 34-seat, open-air, motorized Waikiki Trolley (tel. 800/824-8804 or 808/593-2822; www.waikikitrolley.com), which looks like a San Francisco cable car. It loops around Waikiki and downtown Honolulu, stopping every 40 minutes at 12 key places: Hilton Hawaiian Village, Iolani Palace, Wo Fat's in Chinatown, the State Capitol, King Kamehameha's Statue, the Mission House Museum, Aloha Tower, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Hawaii Maritime Museum, Ward Centre, Fisherman's Wharf, and Restaurant Row.

The driver provides commentary along the way. Stops on the new 2-hour fully narrated Ocean Coast Line (the blue line) of the southeast side of Oahu include Sea Life Park, Diamond Head, and Waikiki Beach. A 1-day trolley pass ($25 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $12 for kids ages 4 to 11) allows you to jump off all day long (8:30am-11:35pm). Four-day passes cost $45 for adults, $27 for seniors, and $18 for kids 4 to 11.