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Honolulu rail transit authority seeks feedback on Hawaiian names for train stations

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The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation on Wednesday announced the list of proposed Hawaiian names for the 12 rail stations between Pearl Harbor and Ala Moana Center.

The names were recommended by the HART Hawaiian Station Naming Working Group, which considered diverse community knowledge, oral accounts and written history to come up with the names with the goal of reflecting forgotten place names and significant sites in Hawaiian culture.

The group previously recommended names for the rail stations between Aloha Stadium and Kapolei.

“Once again, HART extends a warm mahalo to the members of the working group for their dedication to this important and significant naming effort,” said HART Executive Director and CEO Andrew Robbins in a news release. “Hawaiian names for our rail stations help to keep alive the traditions, culture and history of this special place.”

The proposed names are:

>> Makalapa (Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam)

>> Lelepaua (Daniel K. Inouye International Airport)

>> Ahua (Lagoon Drive)

>> Kahauiki (Middle Street Transit Center)

>> Mokauea (Dillingham Boulevard and Mokauea)

>> Niuhelewai (Honolulu Community College)

>> Kuwili (Iwilei)

>> Holau (Chinatown; Nimitz Highway and Kekaulike Street)

>> Kuloloia (Downtown; Nimitz Highway and Bishop Street)

>> Ka‘akaukukui (Halekauwila Street and South Street in Kaka’ako)

>> Kukuluae‘o (Between Halekauwila and Queen Streets near Ward Ave.)

>> Kalia (Kona Street at Ala Moana Center)

The working group invites the public to contribute its stories, historical facts and knowledge of significant events about the station Hawaiian names over the next month. Comments can be sent to or by calling the hotline at 566-2299.

After 30 days, the working group will consider the public comments before finalizing the names and presenting them to the HART Board of Directors for review and adoption.

More details on the Hawaiian station names, including pronunciations, can be found on the HART project website.

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