Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Honolulu: Hula Across Paradise On Just Two Bus Lines

The Bus
TheBus line 19 connects the airport with Waikiki's beach and hotels. (Courtesy of HNL)

Aloha from Hawaii!

When it comes to vacation destinations for American city-slickers, Honolulu has no equal. It's on an exotic tropical island (Oahu) that requires several hours of flight. It's got a world-famous beach (Waikiki). It's a sprawling metropolis with a good bus system. Best of all, you're still in the same country!

Enjoying my balcony at the Aston Waikiki Sunset in Honolulu. Served by lines 19 and 20.

The main transit network is called TheBus; however, there are supplemental trolley routes for tourists called Waikiki Trolley.

Duke Kahanamoku Statue on Kalakaua Ave. Get there on any "Waikiki" line.

I arrived with my folks (we were attending my cousin's wedding) on one of American Airlines' nonstop flights from Los Angeles. Our hotel, the Aston Waikiki Sunset, was in the world-famous Waikiki district. While service between Honolulu International Airport (HNL) and Waikiki is provided by several shuttle companies, you can save even more money and see the same sights along the way using lines [19] or [20].

The USS's Arizona and Bowfin at Pearl Harbor. Get there on Line 20.

You can pretty much hit all the major attractions just on the [19] and the [20]. Starting from the west side, you can visit the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor. In the downtown area, you've got the Royal Palace and the State Capitol building. Further east, be sure to visit Hilo Hattie's and the Ala Moana Mall for unbeatable shopping. In Waikiki itself, pay homage to the statue of the Father of Surfing, Duke Kahanamoku. And finally, the foot of Diamond Head contains great hiking and viewing parks, as well as the Honolulu Zoo.

You'll notice that Waikiki is dotted - very dotted - with ABC Stores, a convenience store chain found mostly in Hawaii and Nevada. Whatever you forgot to pack, or whatever you suddenly need, is just an ABC Store away.

TheBus Line 19:
Hickam (end) <> Airport <> Downtown <> Ala Moana <> Waikiki (end)

TheBus Line 20:
Pearl Harbor <> Airport <> Downtown <> Ala Moana <> Waikiki (end)

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