Transportation

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Probably the trickiest thing for some of you will be transportation.

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The house is easy to drive to, being at the end of a peaceful suburban street. We have lots of parking for you and your guests. UH, downtown, and Waikiki beach are just a quick 10-20 min drive.

However, if you don’t have a car, your options are limited.

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A few people have done it by bicycle, but it’s pretty steep going.

The nearest bus stop is a long walk, about a mile I think. This bus (the number 9) goes to downtown on Kapiolani. I’m pretty sure you’d have to transfer to get to UH. (More on buses below.)

If you’d like to open up MapQuest in another browser window, I can give you a few addresses. Ours is 2464 Halelaau Pl. UH is 2400 Dole St. The closest bus stop is 2100 10th Ave.

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#9 Palolo bus

The normal route to and from UH is the #9 bus. At the UH end, I’m not sure where people get on and off, I think near City Mill, then walk the rest of the way. Or maybe closer to the lower campus. (The less walking, more busing option is to catch the #4 down to Kapiolani and transfer to the #9.)

At the end near our house I know more. You take the #9 all the way back into Palolo valley, and the place you get off is on the way back out. It is where 10th Ave and Waiomao meet. I have a series of pictures taken from the mountain top that may help. I’ll start from our house and “walk” you on down to the bus.

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Our house is just under the end of the word “Mountain”. You’d walk down our street (Halelaau), and turn left at about where the trees are in the center of the picture. This road is Waiomao.

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“Waiomao” is in the same place on both pictures. Keep on walking. Coco Park is a fun little diversion if you have extra time. There are some coconut trees and other things neighbors have planted.

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From Coco Park you keep going on down to the bus. Off in the distance you can see San Souci beach.

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This is a closeup of the picture above. Luckily you can even see the bus! The main street is 10th Ave; the little street coming in on the left is Waiomao. This is where you would normally get on and off the bus. (If you get off on the stop just before, there is a small store for minor supplies.)

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Let me show you a long but fun way to ride the bus from UH (discovered by Chris and Mari).

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The bus is the #14. It goes fairly close to UH (Dole and St. Louis Hts.) The part we’ll look at is the end, where it goes to the top of Maunalani Heights, to Lurline St, and makes a little loop.  You’d get off at the top, and then walk the last block to end of the houses to a hiking trail. Yes, hiking trail.

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The best marker for the trail entrance is the surfboard.

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Once you leave the suburbs, you are out on the Lanipo hiking trail. If you squint you might see the Korean Buddhist Temple down in the valley on our street. Our house is on the far right in the pine trees.  This is a medium easy hike, but it could be tricky carrying groceries. (One of the advantages of this crazy route is you can, by bus, stop at Kahala Mall for shopping. Also Waikiki for a swim.)

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From the public hiking trail you drop down onto our own trail through the forest. It is a fun way, but certainly not a normal commute. You can see why we might recommend having a car. Then go up on the hiking trail some weekend just for the walk.

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