There’s something thrilling about riding a trolley wherever you are in the world. In San Francisco, dangling from the edge of cable cars is a must, while in Hawaii, passengers enjoy the open-air cruises with ocean views.
There are even trolleys in parts of Europe and Canada, which look more like buses attached to the organized mess of cable wiring above. While they may not be as “fun-looking” or as entertaining as the open-aired ones, they’re still an affordable way of getting around town on a budget. Not to mention, they provide a nice shelter from those cold weather days.
There isn’t much cold weather in Hawaii, however, where the average year-round temperature is 85-degrees and sunny. That’s why having open-aired trolleys makes sense here. If anything, there’ll be the issue of it being too warm for passengers, especially on those dead-wind days. But most of the trolley rides are quick, so you won’t be stuck riding the heat wave for too long.
Trolleys go way back into Hawaii’s history, too. In fact, the earlier trolleys were actually cable cars similar to the ones we see today in San Francisco – bounded by tracks. The Manoa Trolley provided the first means of transportation into a once-vacant Manoa Valley during the late nineteenth century. It got so popular that nearly nine-million passengers were taking the trolley every year. That is, until the introduction of the city bus system we see today, which lead to the imminent end of the Manoa Trolley.
Like the San Francisco’s cable cars, Hawaii’s trolleys are mostly used by tourists. Guide books point them into the direction of where and how to ride trolleys, but just seeing the shiny red attractions cruising around is an advertisement in itself. Tourists quickly discover that it’s an easy way to see the sights, hopping on and off at their leisure through paradise.
Posted by: Bruce Fisher on Feb 20, 2013