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Information Regarding the Pahoa and Kona Transit Hubs

The Mass Transit Agency is committed towards the construction of new transit hubs in Pahoa and Kailua-Kona. A summary of the Transit Hub project as part of the Transit and Multi-Modal Transportation Plan adopted in August 2018 is being provided to the community.

This memorandum being provided is a summary of where the Mass Transit Agency stands with the Pahoa Transit Hub.  It is the administration’s desire to have this project completed in the next two to three years.  While the long term facility is being constructed, this does not preclude the start of transit service.  The Kona Transit Hub is also being pursued, however, additional work is needed in regard to this project.

For the interim, the Mass Transit Agency is working on developing plans to start the interim implementation of expanded transit service to the Puna District prior to any construction. There a tentative start date of September 5, 2021, pending the County’s transit operations contractor, Roberts Hawaii’s ability to hire additional bus operators and the Mass Transit Agency Maintenance Division’s ability to prepare for servicing additional transit buses.  

The expanded service will consist of Route 40 between Hilo Mo’oheau Bus Terminal and Pahoa, seven days a week between 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., Monday-Friday and from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Holidays using large transit buses.  Routes 401 connecting Hawaiian Beaches, Nanawale, Seaview and Kalpana, 402 connecting Hawaiian Paradise Park, Orchidland, Hawaiian Acres, Ainaloa and Kea’au and 403 connecting the Zoo, Kurtistown, Fern Acres, Fern Forest, Eden Roc and Kea’au will be implemented with timed connections to Routes 10, 40 and Red Line using small transit buses that were recently delivered to the County from City and County of Honolulu.  Staff has identified an interim transfer hub for these routes to connect to provide the expanded level of service that the Puna District deserves at the newly constructed bus turn out at Puna Kai Shopping Center.

Please review the summary and contact john.andoh@hawaiicounty.gov or call (808) 961-8555 with any questions.