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Catching A Bus In Honolulu

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Catching A Bus In Honolulu

Hi All!

Was hoping to see how easy it is to get around via bus within Honolulu/Waikiki. We are hoping to avoid having to hire a car.

Ideally, we would like to visit the Ala Moana Center, Pearl Harbor and Diamond Head via bus. I'd also like to see the Premium Outlets but have heard there's a $5 return shuttle you can take to these from Waikiki.

Does anyone happen to know the numbers of the busses we can catch? We're staying on Kuhio Ave? Are there any direct busses?

Thanks in advance,


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1. Re: Catching A Bus In Honolulu

On the right hand side of the page are top questions about Honolulu - and there is a link for "taking the Bus" - should answer your questions and there are maps in many stores downtown that should be a big help. :)

Edited: 12 April 2013, 01:15
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2. Re: Catching A Bus In Honolulu

Also here's the bus website they have a visitors link that will give you the bus # to where you want to go.


Everything you want to go to is easy to get to by bus.

Edited: 12 April 2013, 01:31
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3. Re: Catching A Bus In Honolulu

#20 & #42 go to Pearl Harbor. Those two routes, plus buses have signage "Ala Moana" will all go to Ala Moana. Think that is now #23 that goes to Diamond Head.

Go to www.TheBus.org for current info. Concierge at your hotel can usually answer most bus questions.

Can't answer outlet question as we never shop while in Honolulu.

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4. Re: Catching A Bus In Honolulu

Pearl Harbor #20 or #42 with no need to transfer. Those two will also go to Ala Moana Center & through downtown Honolulu (Chinatown/Historic Honolulu and Aloha Tower). See other choices from Waikiki to Ala Moana Center on the link below.

#23 to Diamond Head Crater.


Same map, but bigger. Also has an Ala Moana map insert.


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5. Re: Catching A Bus In Honolulu

For Waikele Outlets:


Scroll to the bottom for By Shuttle.

$10 roundtrip.

Click on P.G Plover for pick up locations & times.

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6. Re: Catching A Bus In Honolulu

Welcome to the forums my fellow Aussie. :) Jervis Bay here, not too far from you.

I've been putting together a blog with plenty of Aussie centric links which might be worth a look for you - there are links to trip reports, common shopping questions. It is a work in process, I am adding more links every day.


How many nights are you there for, what hotel are you staying in?

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7. Re: Catching A Bus In Honolulu

Circle Isle-North Shore - 8, 19, 20, 23, 42 to Ala Moana Center;

transfer to 52 or 55

Circle Isle-South Shore - 23 Sea Life Park

Diamond Head Crater - 2, 23

Diamond Head/Kahala Coast - 22


Ala Moana Center - 8, 19, 20, 23, 42

Aloha Stadium and Flea Market - 20, 42

Aloha Tower Marketplace - 19, 20

Chinatown Cultural Plaza Shopping Center - 2, 13, 19, 20, 42

Dole Cannery Square - 19, 20

Hilo Hattie Fashion Center - 19, 20

Kahala Mall - 22, 23 OR 2 to Kalakaua/King; transfer to 1

or 1L on King

Kam Super Swap Meet - 20, 42

Maui Divers Jewelry Design Center - 2

Pearlridge Center and Pearl Kai Shopping Center - 20, 42

Victoria Ward Centers - 19, 20, 42

Waikele Center and Waikele Premium Outlets - 42 to

Waipahu Transit Center; transfer to 433

Windward Mall - 8, 19, 20, 23, 42 to Ala Moana Center;

transfer to 55 or 65

Edited: 12 April 2013, 04:58
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8. Re: Catching A Bus In Honolulu

Thanks for the blog Beedoo, it is now bookmarked :-)

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9. Re: Catching A Bus In Honolulu

Thanks beedo.....your blog is now saved to my home screen with the prettiest little flower! Very nice and appreciate all your effort! Deb

P.S. Thanks for the bus info rangerjohn!

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10. Re: Catching A Bus In Honolulu

Google Transit will give you the bus routes and numbers, along with the times. Just input your start and end points. Depending on how long you are visiting, you might want to buy a four day pass for $25, or a monthly pass for $60...otherwise, it's $2.50 for adult fare. The four day passes are readily available but the monthly ones have to be purchased at select locations (Foodland at Ala Moana is one of them). There are bus schedules on some of the busses and at the library on Kapahulu, and I've seen them at the McDonald's on Kuhio in the past (not sure about now).