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In an effort to keep each day fresh for island visitors, Roberts Hawaii recently introduced the Holoholo Trolley, which runs between Waikiki and various shops, hands-on factories and attractions on Oahu. Promising what officials called a “made in Hawaii” experience, the green open-air jitney helps travelers get a taste of the local culture and aloha spirit.
Named after the Hawaiian word for stroll and explore, the Holoholo Trolley operates every 30 minutes, which means clients can travel at their own pace. Visitors who board the trolley can encounter such tropical pleasures as sampling chocolates at Menehune Mac, seeing how stringed instruments are made at KoAloha Ukulele, taking part in free hula lessons at Hilo Hattie and watching how lava melts during a demonstration at the Bishop Museum.
“Getting off the beaten path and outside of Waikiki offers a unique and local experience for our guests,” said Dave Mark, who serves as marketing manager for Roberts Hawaii. “It’s a way for the kamaaina ohana (family of locals) to open the door to their world.”
The trolley stops at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Chinatown and its cultural plaza, Menehune Mac, the Bishop Museum, Lion Coffee, Hilo Hattie, Aloha Tower Marketplace, KoAloha Ukulele and key sites in historic downtown Honolulu. It even swings by Walmart for clients in need of a few vacation necessities.
Daily trolley departures from Waikiki are scheduled for approximately 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m and 2:30 p.m., with pick up times varying according to hotel location. Adult prices are $15 per person for a one-day pass and $25 for a three-day pass. Admissions for museums are not included.
The trolley is the latest brainchild of Roberts Hawaii Inc., a family-owned and operated company that provides charters, group services, sightseeing tours and a variety of activities and attractions such as the Magic of Polynesia show and the Alii Kai catamaran. The company began serving the tourism industry on Kauai in 1941, and today its reach spreads across the islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii’s Big Island.