Double-Decker Bus in Waikiki

There is a new double-decker bus rolling around town, shuttling visitors from Aloha Tower to Waikiki.


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Photo: Courtesy Honolulu City Tour

You’re not seeing things—there is a new double-decker bus rolling around town, shuttling visitors from Aloha Tower to Waikiki.

It’s not a British invasion—this bright-red bus is from Estonia, where it ran on the streets of capital city Tallinn for five years before taking the six-week trip by boat to Honolulu.

“Every city needs a double-decker bus because they’re so unique and different,” says Peeter Roos, vice president of Honolulu City Tour, and an Estonian entrepreneur. “I think every big city has one except Honolulu. So we decided to bring it here.”

The narration, though, is completely local. “I’m more like a concierge,” says bus driver and narrator Bruce Wiggins, who drove a duck tour bus for seven years. “I know all the restaurants, the shows and the times. I know the special events and I’ve experienced them.”

Wiggins is a history buff, with a storytelling style he calls “somewhat risqué.” To find out what that means, though, you’ll have to take a ride.

Tickets are $13 to $20 and permit on-and-off stops. Call 636-6667 for more information.

 

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