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GETTING AROUND in the HAWAII ISLANDS

Hawaiian airlines

Hawaiian airlines

Island hopping? You’ll find it’s both easy (Aloha and Hawaiian Airlines offer frequent daily jet service) and quick (flight times average between twenty and thirty minutes). On Oahu, Aloha’s reservations number is 484-1111; Hawaiian’s is 838-1555. Mahalo Air serves Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai and the Big Island of Hawaii with twin-engine prop planes. Call 833-5555.

In addition, Island Air (484-2222) flies to all the small commuter terminals in the state—Molokai, Lanai, Princeville on Kauai, and Hana and Kapalua on Maui. Trans Air (836-8080) serves Honolulu, Kapalua, Kaunakakai and Waimea on the Big Island.

If you’re more the seafaring type, American Hawai’i Cruises offers a seven-day cruise between the Islands year-round on the SS Independence. The ship’s seven-day itineraries in­clude calls at Nawiliwili, Kauai; Kona and Hilo, the Big Island of Hawai’i;

Kahului, Maui; and Honolulu, Oahu. Call 1-800-765-7000. Ferry rides from Maui to Lanai and Molokai are also available daily.

No matter what island you’re vis­iting, renting a car will provide you with the most mobility. Major car rental firms offer competitive rates, often combined in attractive packages with hotel rooms and airfare. Con­sult your travel agent or the specific company for details.

Although taxis are plentiful on Oahu, TheBus system, with sixty-five routes that cover the entire island, is very efficient and inexpensive ($1 for adults, fifty cents for children aged six to eighteen). Passengers may board TheBus from the medial strip across from the Commuter, Hawai­ian Airlines, Aloha Airlines, Interna­tional and Domestic arrival areas. For bus route information, call 848-5555 between 5:30 A.M. and 10:00 P.M.

Daily shuttle service between the Honolulu International Airport and most Waikiki hotels is available round the clock. The shuttle departs the air­port for Waikiki every twenty min­utes. Transportation from Waikiki ho­tels to the airport must be booked one day in advance. A one-way shuttle ride costs $7. Children under age three ride for free. Round-trip fares are $12. Call 566-7333.

You can enjoy an Old Town Ho­nolulu Tour on the Waikiki Trolley, which operates daily from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. The tour leaves every fif­teen minutes from the Royal Hawai­ian Shopping Center in Waikiki. One-day passes cost $17 for adults and $5 for children aged four through eleven. A multi-day pass (good for five consecutive days) is available for $30 per adult and $10 per child. There are twenty stops on the trolley’s run, including Bishop Museum, Hawaii Maritime Center and Chinatown. Pas­sengers may disembark at any point along the way, and board the trolley again when they’re ready. Call 596-2199.

The Aloha Tower Express Trolley provides transportation between Waikiki and downtown Honolulu, stopping at the Aloha Tower Market­place at Honolulu Harbor. The trol­ley operates from 8:20 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. daily, and provides service ev­ery twenty minutes between the hours of 8:20 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.; after that, it is every thirty minutes on two separate Waikiki routes. The cost is $2 each way. Call 528-5700.

Every Sunday at 12:30 and 2:30 P.M., the Hawaiian Railway Society offers rides on a locomotive that was formerly used to haul sugarcane. The ninety-minute round-trip ride, which goes from the society’s ‘Ewa Station to the

Ko ‘Olina Resort and Paradise

Cove, costs $8 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and youth aged two through twelve. Call 681-5461.

Visitors to Waimea Valley and Sea Life Park can take advantage of a twice-daily shuttle service from Waikiki. Pick-up stops include the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Sheraton Waikiki and Hyatt Regency Waikiki. Call 638-8511.

On the Big Island of Hawai’i, you can get around via the Hele-On Bus. Fares depend on the length of the routes, and range from seventy-five cents to $6. A variety of bus pass options is available at nominal rates. Shared-ride taxi service is also offered by the county of Hawai’i, and costs as little as $2. Call 935-8241 week­days between 7:45 A.M. and 4:30 P.M.

The Hilo Sampan Company began operating in late 1994, returning fond memories of the open-air, eight-pas­senger buses of years ago. Two sam­pans—one built on a 1942 Chevrolet chassis, the other on a 1948 Plymouth frame—provide hourly service on two routes (a “shopping route” and “historical route”) between 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. daily except Sunday. Stops include the Lyman House Mu­seum, the University of Hawai’i-Hilo, Kaiko’o Mall, the farmer’s market and the Hilo library. One-way fares are $2. An all-day pass may be purchased for $7; a monthly pass costs $20 ($7.50 for children aged six through sixteen and senior citizens, and $1 for students). Call 959-7864.

Also, the Kohala Resort Shuttle provides daily transportation from the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel to Waikoloa Resorts and the Kings’ Shops (round-trip fare is $10), and Waimea Town and the Parker Ranch Visitor Center ($20). Call 325-5448.

In addition to taxi services, there are plenty of other transportation options on Maui. Shuttle buses, for example, provide visitors with free transportation within the Wailea Re­sort, making pick-ups every half hour between the hours of 6:30 A.M. and 8:30 P.M. Stops include the Wailea Shopping Village, the golf course clubhouse, tennis facilities, and ho­tels and condominiums. Call 879-2828.

From 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. daily, Trans Hawaiian offers service between Kahului Airport and several points in the Ka’anapali resort area. The cost is $13 per person for a one­way trip. Call 877-7308.

Two free daily shuttles operate in the Ka’anapali area. The intra-Ka’anapali trolley makes stops at the golf courses, Whalers Village shop­ping center, and major hotels and condominiums in the resort between 7:15 A.M. and 11:00 P.M. For more information, call 667-4158. If you’re staying in Ka’anapali, the Wharf Cin­ema Center and Hilo Hattie provide transportation to and from their Lahaina locations (877-0380) from 9:27 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. The cost is $1 each way. In addition, van rides be­tween the Lahaina Cannery shopping center (661-5304) and Ka’anapali are available from 9:10 A.M. to 9:25 P.M. for $1 each way.

A unique way to travel between Ka’anapali and Lahaina is on the Lahaina-Ka’anapali and Pacific Rail­road, known affectionately as the “Sugar Cane Train.” The train is a re­stored version of the ones that hauled sugarcane from Island fields to mills for processing at the turn of the cen­tury. Today, the Sugar Cane Train puffs past six miles of nodding cane, following much of the original rail­road track used by Pioneer Sugar Mill. The train makes six one-hour round-trips daily between 8:55 A.M. and 4:50 P.M. Round-trip fare is $13 for adults, $6 for children aged three through twelve. Children under the age of three can ride free. Call 661-0089.

Whalers Village (877-0380) oper­ates shuttle service to and from the Ka’anapali area from 8:15 A.M. to 10:05 P.M. This service operates daily and is $1 each way.

Guests staying at the Kapalua Re­sort can take advantage of a free shuttle that stops at all major hotels, golf courses, tennis courts and shops in the area. The shuttle operates from 6:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. Call 669-3177.

Free shuttle service is provided for guests staying at either of Lana’i’s two major resorts, The Lodge at Ko’ele or The Manele Bay Hotel. The shuttle makes stops at both resorts, Lana’i City and the airport. Separate shuttles provide transportation to Lana’i’s two major golf courses, the Experience at Ko’ele and the Challenge at Ma­nele.

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