Car / Taxi / Bus, Oahu
If you can't rent your own vehicle, this is a great alternative! Very inexpensive, about $1.50 adult fare will get you ALMOST anywhere on the island of O'ahu. You can get bus schedules from any satellite city hall, or many hotel lobbies, as well as online at their website. The buses are airconditioned and a transfer gets you farther for your buck.
Getting there is not usually an issue. Plane, ship or swim. Wouldn't recommend the third during the winter :o
but...once you are there transportation will play a major role in how much you get to do and see.
Many people get to Oahu (where all the major airlines fly to) and then head off to Maui, Kauai or one of the other major islands.
Aloha Airlines will probably be your best bet. Island hops are relatively inexpensive. $321 for a seven day island pass.
For getting around in style you can choose anything from a 99 Ferrari F-355 for $600 a day to a little Geo
'The BUS' as it's called is another easy way to get around the city, but you have to go places on its schedule, not yours. here is a website with timetables and routes
you can also rent a Harley Sportser from Cruizin Hawaii motorcycle rentals for $99 a day to $495 for a week
My truck, pictured to the left, is a great Hawaii vehicle. Throw everything you need in the back and head to the beach or a Triathlon.
Cycling in Hawaii is excellent as well. Every Saturday there are groups that depart from Kapiolani and Triangle parks. Triangle park is just over the diamond head road hill from Kapiolani. Kapiolani park is right in Waikiki, and is also the finish line for the Honolulu Marathon and many other local races.
The easiest way to get the lowest fare on the market is to contact a travel agent. They have access to all the info at once. If you call an individual airline they will give you their specific info and that’s it.
If you call a ticket agency that brokers tickets they may have lower fares on the same airlines and flights that a travel agent will have.You can find these places in the airline ticket agencys section of the phone book. A few are listed below with their phone numbers.
Fares have been known to change frequently so if you can not find a decent fare now, check back later. Warning! If you wait too long fares can and will go up close to the date of travel.
Here are some general fares we have found. These are just guidelines, not to be taken as specific quotes. The lowest fares are offered on flights that are not full up so the more flexible you are the better the chance you have of getting a better fare.
AS OF MAY 6th, 2000
American Airlines 1 (800) 433-7300 SFO/S. JOSE-HONOLULU $470 rt
United Airlines 1 (800) 241-6522 SFO-HONOLULU $570 rt
Hawaiian Airlines 1 (800) 367-5320 SFO-HONOLULU $530 rt
Aloha Airlines (415) 362-0733 OAKLAND-HONOLULU ?
Their are other airlines that fly to Hawaii, but these are the least expensive at the moment. These fares were given to us directly. We called a travel agency that brokers tickets and they quoted us a ticket on Hawaiian Airlines for $350 rt. That is the same $530 rt ticket that was quoted to us from Hawaiian directly. It could be a good idea to do some research to find the lowest fares. Here are a few numbers to call for cheap fares (Keep in mind the tickets are not always cheaper).
Cheap Tickets: 1(800) 877-1261
800 Travel Systems Inc.: 1(800) 569-2473
Rent a car. The island is easy to navigate and has good roads all around the island. Unless you want to sit on Waikiki the whole time a car is the way to go.