Oahu Attractions Count On Trolleys to Provide the Ride

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HONOLULU -- Trolleys are proliferating on Oahu.

E Noa Corp. started the Waikiki Trolley 10 years ago, expanding its route from Waikiki to downtown Honolulu, then to Bishop Museum.

Its goal of re-creating a feeling of old Honolulu streetcars has proved successful.

E-Noa has expanded to operate other trolley services, as well.

Under contract, it operates trolley services for:

* Waikele Factory Stores, which has a free shuttle service at its more than 50 outlets. The facility, opened late 1993, is near Waipahu, west of downtown.

* Aloha Tower Marketplace, which has a trolley shuttle service from Waikiki.

* Atlantis Submarines, which early last year started using trolleys to bring visitors from hotels to its headquarters at Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Each of the E Noa trolleys seats 34 to 42 persons and accommodates another 14 to 18 standing.

The company soon will take delivery of its first enclosed, air-conditioned trolley (for charters) and its first electric trolley.

Hilo Hattie will have its own trolleys operating this month.

Its four new 35-seat trolleys will replace coaches used for its Waikiki shuttle.

The company said its surveys show more than 90% of customers prefer trolleys to buses.

Passengers on Hilo Hattie's trolleys will face forward unlike those on the E Noa trolleys, who face outward.

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