As of Thursday, December 29, 2022


a bus strike

Bus strike information

>> City Bus Strike hot line: 527-5890

>> Vanpool Hawaii: 596-VANS (8267)

>> Leeward Oahu Transportation Management Association: 677-RIDE (7433)

>> Rideshare: 692-7670 rideshare/index.htm

>> Honolulu Bicycle Coordinator: 527-5044

>> University of Hawaii:

>> E Noa Tours offers trolley service from Waikiki to Kaimuki, Hawaii Kai, Pearl Harbor, Waikele, Downtown and a circle island tour: 591-2561

>> Mililani Trolley: 792-4491,

>> Kaimuki-Kapahulu-Waikiki Trolley: 792-4490

City puts school buses to work

The city will provide limited-stop express bus service in the afternoon, using contracted school buses, starting Aug. 27.

The 15 buses will depart from the Hotel Street Bus Mall between Bishop Street and Fort Street Mall at 5 p.m. for the following destinations:

>> Blaisdell Park
>> Windward City Shopping Center
>> Kaneohe District Park
>> Mililani Park and Ride
>> Waikele Center
>> Ewa Beach Shopping Center
>> Filipino Community Center
>> Kapolei Transit Center
>> Wahiawa (California/North Cane)
>> Waianae Mall
>> Hawaii Park and Ride

The fare-free service is on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 527-5890 or visit the city's Web page at for more information.

Free van service booked

No new reservations are being taken for the city's free van service. However, 168 seats were added to three van routes: Waianae Neighborhood Center, Blaisdell Park and Kaneohe District Park.

In Kalihi, shuttle service will run from Kapalama Elementary School, across from the Kamehameha Shopping Center, to Chinatown gateway between 6 and 8 a.m. and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. No reservations are necessary.

Downtown, the free CityVan shuttle will run from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stops are:

>> Chinatown Gateway Park
>> Longs Drug at Hotel and Fort Streets
>> Ala Moana Center at Kona Street (Diamond Head-bound)
>> Ala Moana Center at the Ala Moana Boulevard bus shelter (Ewa-bound)
>> Waikiki at the Hale Koa Hotel opposite the parking structure
>> Waikiki at the zoo
>> University of Hawaii at the Sinclair Circle transit center

Commuters returning home from Waikiki in the afternoon need to take the Waikiki shuttle from either the zoo or Hale Koa stops between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. The riders must be 18 or older.

For more information, contact the city Department of Transportation Services hot line at 527-5890

Van Pools

For information on riding a vanpool to work call Vanpool Hawaii at 596-VANS (8267) or go to


Transportation resources


>> Public and private schools and colleges are making their own arrangements to help students and staff get to school. Call individual schools for more information.


>> In the event of a strike, the zipper lane on the H-1 Freeway will remain open from 5 to 9:15 a.m., instead of shutting down at 8:30 a.m. The zipper lane also will be open to vehicles that have two or more occupants, rather than three or more occupants.

Also, high-occupancy vehicle lanes along the H-1, H-2, and Moanalua freeways and Kalanianaole Highway will be open to all vehicles regardless of the number of occupants.


>> The Kapahulu/Kaimuki/ Waikiki trolley service will not be affected by the strike. The trolleys run every half-hour from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. from Waikiki up Kapahulu Avenue to Kaimuki and also stops at the Center for Hawaiian Studies Center at the University of Hawaii. Cost is $1. Call 792-4490 for more information or go to


Volunteers gear up
for bike troop

Three city staffers have volunteered to lead a bike caravan to Honolulu Hale for those interested in bicycling to work on Tuesday, said Cheryl Soon, the city's transportation director.

Interested cyclists should meet at 7:15 a.m. at Ala Wai Community Park or Kaimuki Park or at 6:30 a.m. at Central Oahu Regional Park. For more information on biking to work, call the Honolulu Bicycle Coordinator at 527-5044 or go to



The state Department of Transportation Rideshare Program matches riders with drivers in a database. Call 692-7670 or go to

Places ride-sharers can meet

Drivers with extra seats and people who need rides to work or the University of Hawaii are encouraged to meet at various locations around Oahu and form "Ohana Carpools." City Transportation Director Cheryl Soon said the plan is still being worked on and locations may change, but people seeking to carpool should be able to go to:

>> Kailua District Park
>> Kapolei Hale
>> Pearl City Youth Center in Manana
>> Wahiawa Botanical Gardens
>> City Square in Kalihi
>> Hawaii Kai Park and Ride
>> Kaneohe District Park Gym
>> Mililani Park and Ride
>> Kunia Park and Ride
>> Waipahu Gym
>> Niu Valley Shopping Center
>> Sinclair Circle

Drivers and people needing rides back to drop-off points in the afternoon should go to:

>> Hotel Street
>> Sinclair Circle (UH-Manoa)
>> Hale Koa Hotel parking lot


Extra city parking



UH prepares campuses
for travel and parking changes

The University of Hawaii is encouraging students, faculty and staff to carpool or make other arrangements to get to class Tuesday in the event of a strike. A Web site has been set up at, which will have an online ride-sharing matching service.

Information on strike contingency plans for each campus is listed below:



Some 1,900 additional parking spaces will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis both on and off campus.

The Rainbow Shuttle and additional shuttle services will be running on an expanded schedule.

Additional on-campus parking sites will be available at:

Bachman Lawn (access through Bachman Gate); Kennedy Theatre-McCarthy Mall (access through East-West Gate); Zone 17 Music Building (access through Music Building entrance); Klum Gym gravel area (access through Lower Campus Gate); Lab School lawn, University (access through Public Television parking entrance); and Lab School lawn, Metcalf (access through Lab School parking entrance).

Additional off-campus parking sites include Blaisdell Center, Kakaako Waterfront Park, Manoa Valley District Park and Ala Wai Community Park (two sites: at Kapiolani-McCully and at the end of University Avenue).

Honolulu Community College

For transportation assistance, students can contact Heide Ross, director of student life, studentlife@hcc.hawaii. edu; and faculty and staff can contact Ken Kato, director of administrative services, 845-9123,

Kapiolani Community College

A bulletin board to post inquiries and offers for carpools will be available in the Ohia Building, first floor, outside the Student Services Office and the Bookstore.

For transportation assistance, contact Ann Kinningham, director of administrative services, 734-9751,

Leeward Community College

There will be no off-site additional parking areas available. An on-campus overflow lot will be open, but it will not be enough to accommodate the anticipated increase in cars.

UH-West Oahu students, faculty and staff requiring transportation assistance can contact Mike Yano, 454-4742,

Leeward students, faculty and staff requiring transportation assistance can contact Clifford Togo, director of administrative services, 455-0213,

Windward Community College

Windward Community College will have a bulletin board in the Campus Center Building (Hale Akoakoa) to assist students who want to participate in ride sharing.

Windward students, faculty and staff requiring transportation assistance can contact Steven Nakasone, director of administrative services, 235-7405.

For more information and a schedule call 677-RIDE (7433) or go to


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