Posted by: loomisisc | December 22, 2009

Honolulu City Lights and the Choo-Choo

Now in its 25th year, Honolulu Hale is covered in holiday lights.  In addition to the 50-foot Norfolk pine, Shaka Santa and Tutu Mele, the Honolulu Hale Choo-Choo Train will operate near the keiki rides nightly from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.. Cost is $4 per person.

In the Honolulu Advertiser’s coverage from 2007, train designer Owen Ho said, “I wouldn’t mind having a full-fledged train, with more and more cars, as dollars permit.” Many City officials inside Honolulu Hale would probably agree, as a new train in Honolulu is on their wish lists for the coming year.

The Honolulu Hale Choo-Choo, image by BRUCE ASATO | The Honolulu Advertiser

Trains have traditionally been a part of the holidays.  It’s not uncommon to see one at the base of a decorated Douglas fir, passing through piles of presents. But one of the most famous holiday trains, is the Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg.

In the story, a young boy boards the train with other children to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. When they arrive he is giving a silver sleigh bell by Santa Claus himself. The book ends with a quote that inspires spirit in the season and trains themselves :

“At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.”

Happy Holidays from Honolulu Rail For Growth!

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