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For a limited time, the Aloha Bus -- a fleet of bright red double-decker hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses on Oahu -- is offering families a break on the rates.
With its summer Kids Go Free special, good through Aug. 31, 2011, children (3 to 11 years of age) can ride free when accompanied by adults. In addition, for the summer, adult tickets are available at a discounted rate.
“This is our way of helping families enjoy their Hawaiian vacation without worrying about their budget,” said Lee Collins, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Gray Line Hawaii/Polynesian Adventure Tours, which operates the Aloha Bus.
Launched in April 2011, the Aloha Bus provides unique and fun views of some of Hawaii’s most famous sights including Waikiki Beach and Aloha Tower. Three tours are available:
• Historic Route – This daytime route takes passengers through Waikiki towards downtown Honolulu with stops at Ala Moana Center, Ward Warehouse, Academy of Arts, Iolani Palace, the King Kamehameha Statue, Chinatown, Aloha Tower and Hilo Hattie.
• Pearl Harbor Express – From Hilo Hattie’s, passengers can transfer to a regular Polynesian Adventure Tour bus for a roundtrip to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, Aloha Stadium (when the Swap Meet and Marketplace is open) and Bishop Museum.
• Night Loop – From 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., this evening route takes passengers through popular shopping and dining areas with Aloha Tower being the turnaround point.
The Aloha Bus also features translated individual tour narrations in English, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Spanish. Description of points of interest is GPS activated as the bus passes cultural and historical sites as well as shops and restaurants.
Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone and at partner agencies and hotels.