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    Airport or port to/from Pearl Harbor Memorial

    by DSwede Updated Jan 17, 2012

    From the cruise pier, go to the main road. The nearest stop is not but 2 minutes walk. To get to Pearl Harbor, bus 20 and 42 stop there.

    However if it were just by circumstance that you needed to go to/from there via the airport, only bus #20 services both the airport and the Pearl Harbor Memorial.

    The bus dropping you off at Pearl Harbor Memorial will actually turn off the main highway and stop on a circular drive, right at the main visitor gate. You'd be blind to miss it. It is only ~100ft walk to the main entrance.

    However, when you leave Pearl Harbor, you must walk up the small hill (~50ft past where you got off the bus). The bus stop will be ~50ft to the left on the main highway.

    Change is not given. Current price is $2.50. Free transfers are accepted within 2hours.

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    Renting a car in Honolulu

    by joiwatani Written Oct 5, 2011

    I don't think it is a great idea to rent a bigger rental car in Honolulu. First of all, parking is a big problem in the city specially in downtown Honolulu and in Waikiki even if your hotel where you are staying is giving you complimentary parking pass to their parking area. It is still not a great idea!

    Most of the residents in Honolulu don't drive. They just take the bus because it is economical and it is one of the best bus system in the United States. They come every 15 minutes and they are mostly on time. Taking the bus also give you an experience of the island lifestyle...

    If you rent a car there, make sure to rent a smaller car. Your dream of renting a bigger car is great but maybe, you should set it aside at this time. Rent a bigger car in the mainland United States. Just a suggestion...

    Also, you will be on the beach anyway. Who needs a nice car on the beach?

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    TAXI CABS

    by Onedragon Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    MAYBE NOT A REAL MONEY SAVER HERE..BUT IF YOU DO NEED A TAXI .5CR .HERE ARE SOME PRICES FROM THE AIRPORT TO WAIKIKI....
    CHARLEY'S:------$30-
    CITY TAXI----------$30
    THE CAB---------- $35
    ALOHA AIRPORT SHUTTLE--$25
    AIRPORT SHUTTLE--$20
    HUI EXPRESS-$28
    AKAMAI CAB--$26-$33
    SO HERE ARE SOME RATES FOR SOME OF THE TAXI TRANSPORTATIONS !!!!!

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    Taxicabs

    by grandmaR Updated Sep 3, 2010

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    I decided not to rent a car, so there were a couple of occasions when we took taxis. I didn't want to have to worry about parking or having my grandson reading a map and telling me where to go

    By law, the charges for taxi are set by the City Counsel. They apply to any taxi or limousine with a dome light on its roof. They may not be altered by taxi drivers. Most taxi companies will offer flat rates to various locations on the island, or will quote you a flat rate for a destination you determine. The rates quoted, Do NOT include tips. Tips at 20% suggested, must be added to the final taxi fare.

    Most of the drivers wanted to be paid in cash which wouldn't have been a problem except that I didn't have that much cash with me as I expected them to take a credit card.

    #1 From the airport to the hotel - Fare was $35. I gave him a $50.00 and got ten back.
    Metered Rates (as of 07/11/2009)
    #2 From the hotel out to the lighthouse and back, the fare was $35.10, and I gave him $30 and was looking for another $10 bill when he said that was sufficient

    We also used a taxi to get to the cruise ship and to get from the cruise ship back to the airport. We had two bags each, three of which were carry-on size and one just a little bigger.

    * $2.25 for the first 1/8 mile or less
    * $0.30 for each additional 1/8 of a mile
    * $0.30 for each minute waiting
    * $0.35 / each over sized bag

    Airport Fares

    * A trip from HNL Airport to Honolulu Downtown typically costs $20 to $25 without traffic.
    * A trip from HNL Airport to Waikiki typically costs $30~35 without traffic.

    Cab Companies and Phone Numbers

    * The Cab - (808) 422-2222
    * Star Taxi - (808) 739-1300
    * City Taxi - (808) 524-2121
    * Pony Cab - (808) 944-8282
    * Alpha Hawaii Taxi - (808) 923-1111
    * Aloha State Cab - (808) 847-3566
    * Top Cat Taxi - (808) 521-2225
    * Charley's Taxi - (808) 531-1333
    * Sida of Hawai'l - (808) 836-0011
    * Robert's Taxi - (808) 486-4609

    On the dashboard Taxi passes us by at the airport Taken at the airport - don't know what this is Taxi at night Taxi in Honolulu traffic
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    Waikiki Trolley

    by grandmaR Written Sep 2, 2010

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    Before I came to Hawaii I carefully planned out our routes on the trolley. I knew the hotel gave us a one day pass on the Pink Shopping Trolley which we did use. Waikiki Trolleys are classic street reproductions of San Francisco cable cars with authentic brass and wood trimmings and best of all, no windows to reflect when taking photos.

    I wanted to get a one day pass and go to the Bishop museum and then transfer and go out to Diamond Head. I ran into two problems. One was that the Bishop museum has been taken off the trolley tour and so we took the bus. The second problem was that I could not find the ticket place - the Royal Hawaiian Center was right across the street from our hotel, but the place the hotel receptionist indicated on the map was wrong. Also by the time we finished with the Bishop museum it was not cost effective to buy two tickets ($25 each) to get to Diamond Head - a taxi was cheaper.

    Red Line Trolley Trolley stop sign Red line trolley at Diamond Head Free pink shopping trolley Yellow and blue ones
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    Transportation from Airport to Waikiki

    by oahu_concierge Written Feb 22, 2010

    So, you've landed at the Honolulu International Airport and the airline hasn't lost your luggage! Congratulations. If you haven't arranged transportation to your destination, my question to you is, "Why not?"
    The biggest misconception for travelers to Oahu is that, with Hawai'i's laid back lifestyle, the quintessentially necessary elements of travel need be forgotten. Not the case at all. While there are shuttle companies waiting at baggage claim for lost souls to cattle herd into their buses, preparing for your transportation in advance would be the wisest thing to do.
    Regarding transportation to Waikiki hotels and resorts from the airport - thankfully there are a myriad of options. Personally I do not recommend to my guests ever taking a shuttle company from the airport due to the lack of customer service standards that are apparently not strongly policed by parent companies, and the inconvenience of stopping at every hotel in Waikiki until you finally arrive at your accommodation 2 hours later.

    That said, many would think me a bigot for suggesting a private limousine, private car or even taxi service. Why? Taxi rates from the airport to Waikiki will range anywhere from $30 and up depending on traffic (typically from 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.). For parties of around 4 persons on up to 6, I recommend hiring a taxi that fits all passengers and luggage because a shuttle would cost around the same price (sometimes more), since they charge per person.
    I recommend Charley's Taxi and The Cab.

    If you are traveling with a larger group or a party with lots of luggage, it may be more cost effective to take a private car service where you can arrange for a 25 passenger van to shuttle you directly to your hotel for between $100 - $175. A private sedan, limousine and SUV would certainly be my first choice for hassle free transportation. But be careful which company you select for the service. There are a few discount companies on Oahu who have terrible reputations, remember - you get what you pay for.
    I recommend First Royal Limousine and Elite Limousine

    All major car rental agencies are represented in Waikiki except for Avis. National, Dollar and Enterprise will pick you up from your hotel and shuttle you over to the agency (which is in Waikiki). So there may not be a need for you to rent a car from the airport location, only to realize that you've used it 2 days out of your 7 on Oahu. Speak with the Concierge at your resort to arrange an itinerary, schedule and accommodations for car rentals.
    Be warned - during peak travel times cars may be subject to higher prices and low availability. It is always best to make a booking ahead of time and cancel if necessary. Car rental reservations can be made online without a credit card hold.
    In Waikiki I suggest using National or Enterprise.

    Regardless of what hotel or resort you're staying at, it is always best to check with either the front desk agent or, if your hotel has a dedicated Concierge, the Concierge desk. Be wary of the recent bastardization of the Concierge title. Some hotels are labeling employees as "Concierge" when really they're there to sell you activities and time share opportunities. Be discerning and use your judgment. Most luxury resorts on Oahu will have dedicated, true Concierge staff. The Royal Hawaiian, Moana Surfrider, Halekulani, The Kahala, Turtle Bay Resort and Ihilani to name a few.

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    Airport shuttle

    by Rixie Updated Jan 2, 2010

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    VIPTrans is a reasonably priced airport shuttle from HNL to Waikiki. They are the only service that will meet you at the baggage claim and help you retrieve your bags, in addition to driving you to your hotel - a good deal for $11 one way. They use a two-person team: one staffer will greet you and help with your bags, and another will drive the van.

    My greeter was very professional; my driver wasn't. But hey, you can't expect everything for $11.

    Make advance reservations online, through their website.

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    Take TheBus

    by Rixie Updated Jan 2, 2010

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    TheBus is Oahu's bus system, and it's a great deal. It goes all through Honolulu and all around the island.

    One way fares: Adults $2.25. Seniors (65 and over) and youth (6-17 years) $1 - must produce proof of age if asked. Children (5 years and under) free if sitting on adult lap.

    If you plan to take the bus a lot, buy a visitor pass at an ABC Store. It costs $25 and is good for for four consecutive days of unlimited rides.

    The rainbow bus
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    Honolulu International Airport

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 30, 2009

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    Honolulu International Airport is the principal aviation gateway of the City & County of Honolulu and the State of Hawaii. It also serves as the principal hub of Hawaiian Airlines and Aloha Airlines, the two largest Hawaii-based airlines, and as a focus city for Northwest Airlines (Now DELTA since norrthwest was absorbed by delta!) and ATA Airlines. Both airlines offer flights between the various airports of the Hawaiian Islands and also serve the continental United States. Honolulu International Airport is host to major United States and international flagship commercial carriers with direct routes to American, Asian, and Pacific Rim destinations.

    Driving Directions
    From Waikiki, drive to the end of the main Kalakaua Avenue and turn left just before the Honolulu Zoo onto Kapahulu Avenue. Follow Kapahulu Avenue to the end, where it merges into the H-1 freeway. Take the H-1 westbound and follow signs to the airport.

    Information is available from the State Visitor Information Programme (tel: 808 836 6413). Information booths are located throughout the airport. Personnel also work inside the foreign arrivals area.

    Public Transport: Road-Taxi: The Cab (tel: 808 422 2222) is the airport's authorised service. All taxis are coordinated and managed by Signature Cab Holdings. Taxis are available on the centre median in front of the baggage reclaim areas. Bus: There are several city bus services. The city bus system in Honolulu is called 'The Bus'. Bus no.19 eastbound and bus no.20 follow different routes to central Waikiki; bus no.19 westbound goes to Hickham Air Force Base, while bus no.20 goes to the Pearlridge Shopping Center, both via downtown Honolulu. Coach: The licensed shuttle service is the Waikiki Express which serves the hotels in Waikiki.

    Honolulu International Airport, 300 Rodgers Boulevard No 4, Honolulu, Hawaii 96819-1897, USA

    preparing to fly Eating Before Flight Waiting Lounge Stalker? Airport Before Take-off
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    Waikiki Trolley

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 30, 2009

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    When youre walking down the streets of Honolulu, you hear a familiar "ding, ding!" and you turn to look. A cable car? No. It's the Waikiki Trolley. Waikiki Trolleys are classic street reproductions of the San Francisco cable cars (But Trolleys Fisherman's Wharf and the Calble Cars in Powell and Hyde of Frisco are BETTER! i know i'm biased hehe coz I lived there!). This unique source of transportation takes passengers to a number of Oahu's most popular visitor attractions, including the Waikiki Aquarium, King Kamehameha Statue, Iolani Palace, Bishop Museum and more. The authentic brass-trimmed open-air trolleys offer cool and breezy rides - not a bad idea considering Hawaii's often balmy temperatures.

    The Waikiki Trolley provides a unique and relaxing way to see the sights or enjoy world-class shopping and dining! For your convenience, all the Waikiki Trolley lines make a stop at the Hilton Hawaiian Village® near the Tapa Tower. Relax in the open-air Trolley as your driver points out historic sights, landmarks, attractions, shopping areas and restaurants.

    The different lines are colored to cater to your desired destinations. Take the Honolulu City Line (Red) to explore the cultural and historic background of Hawaii. Stops include the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Hawaii Maritime Center and Foster Botanical Gardens. Take the Ocean Coast Line (Blue) to feel the cool Pacific Ocean breeze as you pass Diamond Head and Halona lookouts.
    Feeling hungry or in the mood for some shopping? Jump on the Ala Moana Shopping Shuttle Line (Pink) and it'll take you to Hawaii's largest shopping center.

    Trolley day passes are $25 for a one-day pass, with unlimited on and off boarding. Four-day passes are also available for $45.

    hop on Trolley! Trolley! to waikele ok
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    WAIKIKI TROLLEY

    by Onedragon Updated Jul 19, 2009

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    SOMETHING THAT REALLY LOOKS CONVENIENT TO RIDE AND SEE HONOLULU IS THE WAIKIKI TROLLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !While there are many ways to get around Honolulu, nothing beats the convenience and fun of being aboard the Waikiki Trolley - Honolulu's only service that takes you to Honolulu's most popular tourist attractions and back to Waikiki. there are about 50 trolleys..so very nice !!! It takes the hassle out of figuringCY out where you want to go and how to get there .Whether you have a one-day or a four-day pass, the Waikiki Trolley allows unlimited boarding and re-boarding priviledges for as long as your pass is valid. You can hop on and hop off at any stop you desire............Adults are $25 for one day pass and $45 for four day pass...children $12 and $18........

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    TROLLEYS

    by Onedragon Updated Jul 19, 2009

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    FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE VISITING HONOLULU.. THE TROLLEYS ARE A GREAT WAY TO SEE THE CITY. ALSO THERE ARE TROLLEYS FROM THE DIFFERENT COMPANIES AND THESE TROLLEYS TAKE THE CUSTOMERS TO SHOP AT THEIR STORES.. SO IN ESSENCE THERE ARE A LOT OF TROLLEYS GOING THIS WAY AND THAT. ..SUCH AS ..MAUI DIVERS HAS TROLLEYS AND MOSTLY VANS THAT TAKE THEIR CUSTOMERS TO THEIR PARTICULAR STORES. THE HILTON HAS THEIR TROLLEYS AND THE LIST SEEMS TO GO ON..AND YES. .HILO HATTIES HAS THEIR TROLLEYS TOO!! ONE OF THE MOST USED TROLLEYS IS THE WAIKIKI TROLLEY......The Waikiki Trolley takes you to Oahu's major tourist attractions and more!
    With all the attractions Hawaii has to offer, it would be difficult to go to them one by one with just a map and a rented car. Why waste time when the Waikiki Trolley can take you to Hawaii's top spots and back to Waikiki? Plus you don't have to worry about traffic and driving!...The Waikiki Trolley takes you to Oahu's major tourist attractions and more!
    With all the attractions Hawaii has to offer, it would be difficult to go to them one by one with just a map and a rented car. Why waste time when the Waikiki Trolley can take you to Hawaii's top spots and back to Waikiki? Plus you don't have to worry about traffic and driving!... SOUND GOOD????Available at the Waikiki Trolley Ticket Booth (DFS Galleria Waikiki), Ala Moana Shopping Center stop and most hotels in Waikiki!

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    Airport Shuttle

    by Ahidyn Written Apr 26, 2009

    This service is running by Robert's Tours. They charge $9 one way, and R/T $15.
    You can take it, just outside the airport without reservation. If you buy the R/T, you need to call the day before you leave to arrange your pick-up time

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    The Bus...you really don't need taxi

    by Ahidyn Written Apr 26, 2009

    This is only $2 each way, and they you can ask for a transfer, that you can use several hours later. Also you can buy bus passes, like 4 days for $20, at ABC stores . Honolulu is congested and parking not easy to find. To explore Oahu, you can rent a car for a day to save time, but you can do it in the bus

    Bus Transfer
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    Honolulu Airport

    by Etoile2B Written Jan 24, 2009

    If you are flying to the Hawaiian Islands your will likely stopover at the Honolulu Airport. While there are a limited number of airlines that fly directly from the mainland to Maui, Kauai and the Big Island, the majority of flights have a layover on Oahu. This is also true of most inter-island flights. Honolulu is the largest airport on the islands but it is still a small airport comparatively. This airport has a certain charm to it, being open-aired. Getting between terminals is easy. You can either walk, or take a ride on the inter-terminal shuttle. The great thing about this shuttle is that you don’t have to go through security again once you reach your new terminal. There are many shopping and dining options at the airport including many upscale shops. The dining options, unfortunately aren’t as exciting as the retail. I found the airport dining both overpriced and unappetizing so I would recommend getting a meal prior to arriving at the airport if you can.

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