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Ridership commences on Honolulu’s rail system

Honolulu’s first rail passengers arrived on Friday to experience what Hawaii’s largest public works project ever has produced.
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People wait for the train at the Halawa-Aloha Stadium station platform at the grand opening of Skyline on Friday.
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Waianae resident Jon Stremel, left, points out places of interest with sons Calvin, 7, middle, and Dacian, 12, during the inaugural run of Honolulu’s rail system on Friday in Kapolei.
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Mililani resident Scott Casey, left, and Kailua resident Sharlyn Upton take in the view on the eastbound Skyline train from UH West Oahu on Friday.
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People take video and wait for Skyline at the Halawa-Aloha Stadium station during the grand opening held on Friday.
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Passengers help 82-year-old Waipahu resident Larry Inouye after a fall aboard the eastbound Skyline train.
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Passengers take in the sights aboard the eastbound Skyline train.
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People enter the Halawa-Aloha Stadium station platform at the grand opening of Skyline on Friday.
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Passengers take in the sights from the rear car of a westbound Skyline train as it leaves the Pearlridge station.
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A HOLO kiosk at the Halawa-Aloha Stadium station.
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A view of Waipahu from a westbound Skyline train on Friday.
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People gather outside the UH West Oahu Skyline station.
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The queue at the Halawa-Aloha Stadium station, at the intersection of Salt Lake Boulevard and Kamehameha Highway, about 40 minutes before the opening of Skyline on Friday.
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An employee unwraps HOLO cards to be handed out at the grand opening of Skyline on Friday.
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Passengers are seen aboard the eastbound Skyline train during the inaugural run of Honolulu’s rail system on Friday.
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Patrick Pruesser, director of rapid transit, uses a bullhorn to address the crowd waiting to board the Skyline at its grand opening at the Halawa-Aloha Stadium station on Friday.
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A young boy takes in the experience aboard the first Skyline train from UH West Oahu.
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Aiea resident Naomi Motoshige explains how the Skyline trains run to granddaughter Bailey Bento at the Pearlridge Skyline station on Friday.
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A westbound Skyline approaches the Pearlridge station.
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A westbound Skyline train approaches the Pearlridge station.
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A westbound Skyline train leaves the Waipahu station on Friday.
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A westbound Skyline train leaves the Waipahu station on Friday.
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People gather outside the UH West Oahu Skyline station.
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Portable restrooms are seen outside the UH West Oahu Skyline station.
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Children wave to an oncoming Skyline train at the grand opening on Friday.
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Cats lounge inside the UH West Oahu Skyline station.
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People wait to enter the Halawa-Aloha Station to ride Skyline at its grand opening on Friday.
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A cat stares into the camera at the UH West Oahu Skyline station.
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People applaud as the gates are opened outside the UH West Oahu Skyline station during the inaugural run of Honolulu’s rail system on Friday.
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People head to the Halawa-Aloha Stadium station from the parking lot at the grand opening of Skyline on Friday.
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People queue to enter the Halawa-Aloha Stadium station at the grand opening of Skyline on Friday.
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People enter the UH West Oahu Skyline station.
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Ellen Iwai watches over her four-year-old grandson, Caiden Iwai, as he peers out of the Skyline train.
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People walk through the gates at the UH West Oahu Skyline station.
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The parking lot and a line of riders are seen outside the UH West Oahu Skyline station.
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Waianae resident Jon Stremel, middle, walks to the train platform with sons Calvin, 7, left, and Dacian, 12, at the UH West Oahu Skyline station.
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Colleen Hanabusa, board chair of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, speaks at the grand opening of Skyline on Friday.
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The HOLO card tap pad at the entrance the Halawa-Aloha Stadium as seen on Friday.
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Seven-year-old Calvin Stremel, left, and brother Dacian, 12, await the train at the UH West Oahu Skyline station.
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Waianae resident Jon Stremel, middle, walks into the train with son Dacian, 12, left, at the UH West Oahu Skyline station.
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Passengers are seen aboard the first train to leave the UH West Oahu Skyline station.
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Mayor Rick Blangiardi speaks at the grand opening of Skyline at the Halawa-Aloha Stadium station on Friday.
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Waianae resident Jon Stremel, right, points out places of interest with sons Calvin, 7, middle, and Dacian, 12, during the inaugural run of Honolulu’s rail system on Friday.
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Jon Nouchi, deputy director of the Department of Transportation, recites an oli at the grand opening of Skyline at the Halawa-Aloha Stadium station on Friday.
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Makaha resident Donna LeStrong, left, takes in the view from the eastbound Skyline train.
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Passengers help 82-year-old Waipahu resident Larry Inouye after a fall aboard the eastbound Skyline train.
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Passengers are seen aboard the eastbound Skyline train.
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Waianae resident Jon Stremel, left, stands with sons Calvin, 7, middle, and Dacian, 12, at the Pearl Highlands station.
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Passengers are seen at the Pearlridge Skyline station on Friday.
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Four-year-old Bailey Bento stands on the train platform with grandmother Naomi Motoshige on Friday.
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Four-year-old Bailey Bento watches as a westbound Skyline train enters the platform at the Pearlridge station on Friday.
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Passengers take in the sights from the rear car of a westbound Skyline train as it approaches the Leeward Community College station.
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Paul Skoutelas, president and CEO of the American Public Transportation Association, speaks at the grand opening of Skyline on Friday.
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An eastbound Skyline train enters the Pearlridge station on Friday.
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Passengers take in the sights from the rear car of a westbound Skyline train as it leaves the Pearlridge station.
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A Skyline station agent tries to rectify a stuck door on a westbound train at the Waipahu station on Friday.
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Passengers take in the sights from the rear car of a westbound Skyline train as it leaves the Leeward Community College station.
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A westbound Skyline train leaves the Waipahu station on Friday.
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A westbound Skyline train leaves the Waipahu station on Friday.
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A view of Fort Weaver Road from onboard a westbound Skyline train.
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An eastbound Skyline train approaches the Waipahu station on Friday.
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Passengers are seen onboard a westbound Skyline train in Waipahu.
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A westbound Skyline train approaches the UH West Oahu station on Friday.
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A full parking lot at the UH West Oahu station is seen on Friday.
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Jon Nouchi, deputy director of the Department of Transportation, recites an oli at the grand opening of Skyline at the Halawa-Aloha Stadium station on Friday.
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Government and rail officials untie a maile lei at the grand opening of Skyline at the Halawa-Aloha Stadium station on Friday.
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Jon Nouchi, deputy director if the Department of Transportation, right, presides over the untying of maile lei at the grand opening of Skyline at the Halawa-Aloha Stadium station on Friday.
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Guests enter the Halawa-Aloha Stadium station at the grand opening of Skyline on Friday.
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Councilmember Andria Tupola sang Hawai'i Pono'i with the Royal Hawaiian Band playing at the grand opening of Skyline held at the Halawa-Aloha Stadium station on Friday.
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Amy Changchien, deputy director with the Federal Transit Administration, Region 9, speaks at the grand opening of Skyline held at the Halawa-Aloha Stadium station on Friday.
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Yutaka Aoki, Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu, speaks at the grand opening of Skyline on Friday.
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Andrew Robbins, former executive director and CEO of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, attends the grand opening of Skyline on Friday.
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Gov. Josh Green aboard a Skyline train at the grand opening on Friday.
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A Skyline train heads out from the Halawa-Aloha Stadium station on its grand opening day on Friday.
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Lori Kahikina, executive director and CEO of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, speaks at the grand opening of Skyline on Friday.
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Lori Kahikina, executive director and CEO of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, laughs as she goes to board Skyline at its grand opening on Friday.
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Patrick Pruesser, director of rapid transit, opens the gate to let in the crowd waiting to ride Skyline at its grand opening at the Halawa-Aloha Stadium station on Friday.
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People ride Skyline at its grand opening on Friday.
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A man checks out the view at one of the Skyline stations during the grand opening.
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A westbound Skyline approaches the Pearlridge station during the inaugural run of Honolulu’s rail system on Friday.
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Passengers are seen onboard a westbound Skyline train on Friday in Waipahu.

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