Ewa Beach offers patriotic, historic rides

| June 24, 2011 | 0 Comments
This historic train, which used to carry Queen Liliuokalani to her North Shore retreat, will offer patriotic rides, July 4. (Courtesy Photo)

This historic train, which used to carry Queen Liliuokalani to her North Shore retreat, will offer patriotic rides, July 4. (Courtesy Photo)

Hawaiian Railway Society
News Release

EWA BEACH — Reserve your tickets now for the July Fourth Patriotic USA Birthday Party Train Ride.

This special charter ride departs from the Ewa Train Station and travels through west Oahu.

The historic train that once transported King David Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani will be decorated in patriotic flags and bunting.

In addition, a Marine color guard and rifle salute will honor the Marines and Ewa Village civilians who were killed Dec. 7, 1941, at what was then the front gate to Ewa Field, a Marine Corps fighter airfield.

A preboarding ceremony starts at 9 a.m.; the historic narrow-gauge train will then depart the Ewa Train Museum at 9:30 a.m. and at 2 p.m.

The ride is 90-minutes long and includes historic narration, grade crossings, train whistles and flag waving, as it passes through Ewa and Kapolei to Kahe Point before returning to the Ewa Train Station.

Other historic points of interest along the trip include the former Barbers Point Naval Air Station, Fort Barrette and Battery Arizona, where guns from the USS Arizona were located.

Hot dots, hamburgers and chicken will be served 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

An “old days” Hawaiian music review and the Ewa Plantation Singers will provide entertainment.

The train, more than 100 years old and chartered by King Kalakaua, was used to carry Queen Liliuokalani to her North Shore retreat.

The train travels over a narrow gauge railway. The rails are on the National Historic Register of Historic Places and maintained by the Hawaiian Railway Society.

July Fourth Patriotic Train Ride 

Reserve tickets for the July Fourth Patriotic USA Birthday Party Train by emailing gm@hawaiin.com before the Fourth of July weekend.

  • Adult tickets are $8.50.
  • Seniors (older than 62 years of age) are $7.50.
  • Keiki ages 2-12 are $7.50; keiki under 2 years of age are free.

Visit www.hawaiianrailway.com for directions.

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