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Waikiki Trolley Red Line – Where Heroes and Legends Abound

King Kamehameha Statue


The Hawai’ian Islands are steeped in history and there’s no better place to immerse yourself in the Islands’ historic past than on Oahu and, specifically, travelling round Waikiki courtesy of Waikiki Trolley.


If you ask anyone what the best way to get around not just Waikiki but most of Oahu is, then chances are they’re going to tell you to use Waikiki Trolley.


The four great benefits of the Waikiki Trolley

First – Waikiki Trolley is a genuine hop on-hop off and regular shuttle service. For example, on the Red Line, the Trolley runs on an hourly schedule, so when you jump off the Trolley, you know that exactly an hour later, another trolley will appear to take you on to your next destination.


Second – for all the lines the Trolley operates, you can get either a one-day pass for each of the individual lines (there are now four of them with the recently opened Pink Line,) or you can get an All Lines one-day, four-day, or seven-day pass. Now, a family hire car will cost roughly US$500 for a week by the time you’ve added on the cost of your Collision Waver Insurance (a must on Hawai’i)  and Supplemental Liability Insurance), while an all-week pass on all four Waikiki Trolley routes for two adults and two children will cost just US$250.00. And for half the price you can forget about the additional cost of fuel, you’ll never have to worry about finding somewhere to park, and if you like to have a glass of wine or beer with your meal, you don’t have to worry about driving.


Third – Waikiki Trolley stops have been carefully chosen to make sure that wherever you get off, there’s something really enjoyable to see or do. You don’t need a tour guide, all you need is a Waikiki Trolley route map and a ticket, and you can then enjoy Oahu at your own pace.


Fourth, and by no means least, the trolleys themselves are the perfect mode of transport on these tropical islands. With open sides, you can breathe in the fresh sea air, and you can see everything that is going on around you as you explore the stunning surroundings in comfort.

What to expect on the Waikiki Trolley Red Line

The Red Line is not known as the Heroes and Legends line for nothing. If you want to learn about some of Hawai’i’s and Oahu’s greatest inhabitants, then this is a journey you must take. Here are a few of the historic people and places on the Red Line that you must get off at:

duke kahanamoku statue

  • The Duke Kahanamoku Statue – standing larger than life at the entrance to Waikiki Beach, this man is almost solely responsible for surfing becoming the popular sport and pastime it is today. Without Duke, there would be no worldwide surfing community.
  • Honolulu Museum of Art – this has a wonderful selection of Polynesian paintings, as well as a fascinating pan-Asian collection as well.
  • The Punchbowl Crater is definitely a ‘go-to’ place, partly to pay your respects to fallen servicemen who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Pacific Conflict.
  • The King Kamehameha Statue – erected in memory of Hawai’i’s first king, and this is by far the most impressive of the four statues of him on the Islands, this one facing Iolani Palace. King Kamehameha was responsible for uniting the individual tribes of the multiple Hawai’ian Islands at the end of the eighteenth and beginning of the nineteenth centuries.


And after a few hours immersed in the culture and history of Oahu, what better way to round off the trip than with a bit of retail therapy, either at the Ala Moana Center, in Chinatown, or at the Waikiki Shopping Plaza!


Here at Lea Lea Tours we are always keen to ‘cherry pick’ the very best of tours available and to provide access to the best transport options on the beautiful Hawai’ian Islands. To find out more about the ny of the Waikiki Trolley Lines, the Diamond Head tour, to book your passes or to learn more about any of our other recommended tours, please feel free to get in touch with us at any time.