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 `A`ohe loa i ka hana a ke aloha

Can’t have the Hawaii‘s without the lows? Or is it a case of Hawaii Five No?

`A`ohe loa i ka hana a ke aloha = Distance is ignored by love. And that is the case of the $10BN Railway in Hawaii.

Skyline, often referred to as simply rail or the rail per its pre-development name,is a light metro system in the City and County of Honolulu on the island of Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi. Phase 1 of the project opened June 30, 2023 and lies entirely outside of Urban Honolulu, linking East Kapolei (on the ʻEwa Plain) and Aloha Stadium. Phase 2, connecting to Pearl Harbor and Daniel K. Inouye International Airport before reaching Middle Street, is anticipated to open in mid-2025. The final phase, continuing the line across Urban Honolulu to Downtown, is due to open in 2031. Its construction constitutes the largest public works project in Hawaiʻi’s history. But, it has run into a number of hurdles that is slowing the train down, so to speak.

No matter how long it takes, getting around in Honolulu is worth it.

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The 18.9-mile (30.4 km), automated fixed-guideway line was planned, designed, and constructed by the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART), a semi-autonomous government agency. Hitachi Rail, who also built the railcars used on the line, operates Skyline for the Honolulu Department of Transportation Services (which also manages the region’s TheBus service). The almost entirely elevated line is the first large-scale, publicly run metro in the United States to feature platform screen doors and driverless trains.* Content courtesy of

Some think that the existing highway is sufficient. Others worry about its longevity.

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