Now this is the real deal. This historical train begins in Ewa Beach, then treks down to Kahe Point and back. The ride seems underwhelming at first, with sweeping views of dusty construction areas and the Costco parking lot. But once you get down to the ocean, it is a beautiful view, and we even spotted some turtles and dolphins. The guide points out landmarks and tells historical tales of sugar cane, but your kids will be much more enthralled with the sightings of horses, fire trucks, and waving to drivers at the railroad crossings. This one’s probably best for older kids. It’s a long ride – 90 minutes round-trip – and almost half of the toddlers on board were asleep by the end. Other tips: get there early to use the bathroom—there’s only one at the station and you’ll wait. You can bring snacks on board. Back at the station, you can walk around and look at the other trains, and there’s a small gift shop. Adults $12, children (2-12 years) $8, 2 and under free but must be held.
Every Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Only cash and checks accepted. Hawaiian Railway Society, 91-1001 Renton Rd., Ewa, 681-4860. For more information, visit hawaiianrailway.com.