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Drive or take the bus to ‘Iolani Palace

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Drive or take the bus to ‘Iolani Palace

We'll have a rental car, staying at Hale Koa. Parking for ‘Iolani Palace seems pretty limited. We plan on doing a morning guided tour of the Palace on the Friday we check out of Hale Koa. I'd also like to walk around Chinatown a bit after the tour, have lunch before heading back to Hale Koa to pick up bags (next 5 nights in Hau‘ula).

Would it make more sense to just take the bus?

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1. Re: Drive or take the bus to ‘Iolani Palace

The street parking around the palace is metered so you would have to be going back and forth to feed the meter which is no good IMO. There may be parking garages and lots nearby but they are probably expensive.

Getting to the palace by bus is very easy and walking to Chinatown from the palace is very easy.

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2. Re: Drive or take the bus to ‘Iolani Palace

I'd take the bus. Just note that the stop where you are left off ... and the stop you need to get back to Waikiki are mostly likely different. Blame it on the one-way streets. And I have no qualms about sticking my head in the door and asking "Does this bus go to ______?" Most of the drivers are wonderful and patient.

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3. Re: Drive or take the bus to ‘Iolani Palace

Also the bus website is very good about telling you which bus to take from Waikiki and which one back.

www.thebus.org

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4. Re: Drive or take the bus to ‘Iolani Palace

Take the bus. As noted, parking is very limited, and the meters have to be fed regularly.

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5. Re: Drive or take the bus to ‘Iolani Palace

Looks like bus 20 is the best to take both ways. Silly question, but how will we know when we get to our stop? And I haven't figured out how often it runs.....

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6. Re: Drive or take the bus to ‘Iolani Palace

Aloha,

Get of at the state capitol building and cut right though it and you will be on the Iolani Palace grounds

…wikipedia.org/wiki/…Hawaii_State_Capitol.jpg

Its right past Punchbowl st and Beretania st.

Also, tell the bus driver where you are going, their really helpful.

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7. Re: Drive or take the bus to ‘Iolani Palace

You would probably be better taking 13 or 2 that way you don't have to through the transit station at Ala Moana Center.

The one we have usually taken to Downtown and Chinatown is 13.

Also a lot of the stops like that are announced by a recording. The voice on the recording is great a mans voice very smooth LOL.

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8. Re: Drive or take the bus to ‘Iolani Palace

#20 runs at least every 15-20 minutes. Just go across Kalia Rd. in front of parking road and a little closer to HHV and catch bus. Ask bus driver where to get off-although I think it is announced. In any event bus driver can let you know. We always use TheBus while staying at Hale Koa. Just go to activities desk and they will give you a sheet that tells bus directions to lots of places, including Iolani Palace. ENJOY!

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9. Re: Drive or take the bus to ‘Iolani Palace

Popular attractions by bus.

There is a list above & below the map. For Iolani Palace, it says 2,13 or 42.

However, if you follow their routes on the map, of the 3 buses, only the 42 goes past Hale Koa. You could also take #20.

http://www.thebus.org/pop/pop.asp

Click on Waikiki Visitor Guide for a pdf page with the list & Waikiki map.

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10. Re: Drive or take the bus to ‘Iolani Palace

#20 goes around Ala Moana Center.

#42 goes straight on Ala Moana. So this bus would be a little quicker to Iolani Palace.

You can easily walk to Chintown from Iolani Palace.

thebus.org/SystemMap/Images/AlaMoanaTC.jpg

From Chinatown back to Waikiki take #20 or #42. Both routes go on King St. through Chinatown on the way to Waikiki. Once again, 42 will remain on Ala Moana Blvd, while 20 will go around Ala Moana Center & stop.