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Hawaiian Railway

91-1001 Renton Road Ewa Beach, P.O. Box 60369, Ewa Beach, Oahu, HI 96706
(808) 681-5461
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Ranked #2 of 7 attractions in Ewa Beach
Type: Scenic Railroads
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English first
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

On May 25, 2014, we visited the Hawaiian Railway Society. Earlier before coming to Oahu, I sent an email about reserving a locomotive cab ride since I am training as a locomotive engineer at Hocking Valley Scenic Railway. The manager of operations was friendly and told me he could hook me up with one. I came to the railroad, dressed... More

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Ewa Beach, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Don't expect all the tourist hype familiar at other venues, but you will have an old time Hawaii experience. Volunteers keep the railway working and funds are sparse, but this unique ride is a great Sunday event as part of your visit to the west side of Oahu.

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Marbella, Spain
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43 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

It´s a nice idea to mantain a bit of the Hawaiian Railway history, even if there is not much left other than the rails. The view from the train was not all that great except for the last part of the trip (Ewa Beach). The kids liked it, though. Train ride takes 90 min. and the price ( 8 $... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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7 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Cool concept. Impossible to hear commentary. Smoky, bumpy and somewhat depressing scenery. No discount for locals will ensure I never return. My 3 year old daughter was not impressed.

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Ewa Beach, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Lots of fun for all ages. Very informative and scenic. Safe for kids.Also can make arrangements for night rides .

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montreal
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Take the train ride for the history it represents, the ride itself is nothing to write home about. Nice that on the return, everyone had changed sides so we all go to see what is frankly some pretty boring landscape. The commentary would have been better if it was more audible. Both train and people noise tended to drown out... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

We've vacationed on the island of Oahu some 25 times. I can't say how long ago we 'discovered' this railroad but, like Pearl Harbor, rarely miss visiting her. We're NOT railroad buffs of any kind. We just fell in love with this 'touch of the past' and all the sights and sounds that go with it. What a relaxing, DIFFERENT... More

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Shawnigan Lake, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Uncomfortable and way less than scenic...goes through some pretty ugly terrain, then through an artificially landscaped resort area and ends up at the electric plant. Many parts of it smelled pretty bad too. While a historical train society is a good thing, I'm sorry but I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. The whistle was so loud it hurt and the... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

believe it or not,there used to be a railroad on Oahu..... well, how do you think all that suger cane,military ordinance and people got transported across the state? The 90 minute trip is fully narrated as you chug along 7 miles of tracks making this attraction a nice compliment to the Hawaiian Plantation Village located in near by Waipahu. Be... More

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Top Contributor
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

This organization is keeping alive a railway built for the sugar plantations (long gone). Rides seem to be only on Sundays, so check before you head over. (It actually is reachable by the public bus system, I saw the bus go by, but a car makes it easier.) They have an eclectic collection of equipment in the yard, and invited... More

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