Liza Takes a Ride on the Maui Bus

Liza Pierce is a regular contributor to Lahaina.com and you can find more of her on her own blog at www.AMauiBlog.com

A couple of weeks ago I had to take my car to the shop. I had the option of calling one of my office-mates to give me a ride, but I thought that would be a good time to give the "Maui Bus" a try.

I had to be at work at 9:00AM. I got the Maui Bus brochure to see what time I needed to be on the bus stop near us. Because I have to make sure my kids got off to school with no problem, I decided to go to the bus stop after they left the house. I walked to the Kam III bus stop and was there at 8:32 AM. The schedule said the bus will be there at 8:36AM. At exactly 8:35AM, the bus showed up. Bus #2704, Kihei Islandr Route #10.

It’s worth mentioning that when I arrived at the bus stop, I noticed that there’s a tiny bench next to the sign. That was convenient. A lady arrived at the scene shortly after I got there and we started talking. The lady has been living on Maui for 4 years. Does not own a car. She uses the Maui Bus everyday to go to work. She got off at the Longs Bus Stop. She bid the driver "good bye, have a nice day, and see you tomorrow" using his first name as she was unloading the bus. Didn’t she say she uses the bus everyday - I guess that’s why she’s on the first name basis with the bus driver :)

The bus went through it’s usual route and stops: Kam III, Welakahao, corner of Lipoa, Piilani Shopping Center, Welakahao, Uwapo - all stops right on the money of what the schedule said. When the lady and I loaded the bus at Kam III, we were the only passengers. When we arrived at Welahakao, the bus was half full already. All passengers seem to be in good spirits. Many looked like they are going to work, some looked like they are just con a cruise.

The bus stopped at Maalaea (Ocean Center). The driver muttered something on the mic but I didn’t hear clearly. I heard something about "who are going to the County and State building". I thought "yeah, that’s close to where I was heading". Good thing I heard this lady ask about Maui Medical group and I heard the driver said, she needed to transfer to the bus parked in front of us, or else I would have missed the fact that I needed to transfer buses to go to where I needed to go. Another couple approached the driver and asked about Iao Valley. I was pretty sure they are a tourist. They are going to Iao Valley to hike. They too needed to transfer to the bus where I am transferring.

And so I transfered to Bus #2702. the driver was friendly. The bus was almost full. I must mention at this point that the bus ride was comfortable. The drivers drove well and the air condition in the bus was working well. The seats are pretty comfy too.

I arrived at work at 9:15AM. Not bad. Now that I know that Maui Bus is on time, all I needed to do is go earlier on the Kam III bus station in the morning and I can actually arrive on time at work.

A few years back, the Maui Bus system wasn’t this efficient. The intervals were so long it’s not advisable to depend on it as a transportation to go to work. But now we can.

Not only is this bus beneficial to the locals and kamaaina but the tourists and visitors can take advantage of it a well. With the price of gas increasing, I think riding the Maui Bus is a great alternative :)

So… have you tried riding the bus before? Please share your experience in the comment section. And if you have not tried it yet, "what are you waiting for?"

Aloha and a hui hou!

amauiblog

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One Response to “Liza Takes a Ride on the Maui Bus”

  1. Kris says:

    Great post, with good advice for both visitors and locals alike.

    Living here in Chicago, we have a very elaborate public transportation system, that most of us take for granted. When we visited Hawaii for our honeymoon (Oahu and Kauai), we didn’t rent a car. Waikiki was okay, but we were pretty much stranded while on Kauai.

    We’ve always rented a car on our trips to Maui, but it’s good to know that we won’t have to use it every single time we need to go somewhere. Better for the environment, too.

    It’s a win-win.

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