Transportation to Campus

Alternate Transportation

There are many options for getting around Honolulu without a car. Here are a few for your consideration.

Rainbow Shuttle

UH Manoa Parking Operations provides a free on-campus shuttle bus service for faculty, staff, students and visitors. The Rainbow Shuttle bus system consists of various shuttle routes which connect on- and near-campus areas during the fall and spring semesters. Modified routes and schedules operate during semester breaks. More info regarding routes and schedules can be found on the web.


If you live on or near campus, a bicycle is a great way to get around. Cheap, efficient, and clean, bikes are also a great way to get some exercise.

Nearby bike shops:

The Bike Shop
1149 S. King St.
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 596-0588

Bikefactory Honolulu
740 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 596-8844

McCully Bicycle & Sporting Goods
2124 S. King St.
Honolulu, HI 96826
(808) 955-6329



Excellent gas mileage, small size, and low cost make mopeds popular with students. Easy to park and cheap to maintain and run, they are a great option if you live in town and close to campus.New electric models are even cheaper to run, nearly silent, and cost about the same as equivalent gas powered models. Unlike car passes, moped passes for parking on campus are cheap and easy to obtain.


Routes & Schedules
(808) 848-5555
5:30 am - 10:00 pm HST

TheBus is renowned as one of America’s best municipal transit systems, and has several stops around campus. UH Manoa students with a valid UH ID are eligible to purchase a University Bus Pass (U-PASS), a reduced rate bus pass tailored to the needs of Hawai‘i’s college students. More information on routes, schedules, fares and passes can be found online.

Motor Vehicle Registration & Licensing

If you do decide to get a vehicle, you need to either have it registered in the State of Hawai‘i or, should you want to keep your registration in another state, obtain an Out of State Permit.

Honolulu has a fee calculator to estimate your costs. New vehicles that are being registered for the first time will have higher fees than a used car. Registration forms and licensing information can be found at any Satellite City Hall.

Nearby Satellite City Halls:

Ala Moana
Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.,#1286
Honolulu, Hi 96814

Fort Street
1000 Fort Street Mall
Honolulu, Hi 96813

Hawaii Kai
Hawaii Kai Corporate Plaza
6600 Kalanianaole Highway, Suite 101
Honolulu, Hawaii 96825

Kapalama City Square
1199 Dillingham Blvd.
Satellite City Hall A109
Honolulu, Hi 96817


Hawai`i Driver's License

If you are from out-of-state and would like to replace your current driver’s license with a Hawai‘i driver’s license, you will need to visit a driver’s licensing station. The nearest station is located in the same building as the Kalihi-Kapalama Satellite City Hall. You are required to pass the written portion (multiple choice questions) of the licensing test and forfeit your old license. To familiarize yourself with the local traffic regulations, a Hawai‘i driver’s license manual can be picked up at any Longs Drugs for about $5.

Hawai`i State ID Card

If you choose to retain your out of state driver’s license, you may still want to obtain a Hawai‘i State identification card. With a Hawai‘i State ID card or driver’s license, you may be eligible for “Kama‘aina”, or Hawai‘i resident, discounts offered by some businesses. Some examples include no cover charge at clubs, food or beverage discounts, and discounted admission to various local attractions like Hanauma Bay or Waikiki Aquarium.

To obtain or renew a Hawai‘i State ID card, you must apply in person at the Department of the Attorney General’s Office with the necessary documentation, and pay a $15 fee. A list of required documents and more information is available online.

State ID Office

Kekuanao’a Building
465 S. King Street, Rm. 102 Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 587-3111


University of Hawaii Parking Services
2600 Campus Rd. Rm014
Honolulu, HI 96822
(808) 956-8899

Faculty, staff, and students are eligible to purchase parking permits which allow access to University parking facilities. Students are allowed to reserve a permit after they register, but due to the limited number of permits available, they may be hard to obtain. Paid student parking is also available on a daily basis at two locations on campus. Daily student parking is available for $3 in the Lower Campus Parking Structure (Zone 20) and in the Dole Street Parking Structure (Zone 22). All vehicles that pay the daily rate for parking must be removed from the structures no later than midnight. Guards will be posted at booths to collect payment (cash only) and to answer any parking questions.