VIDEO: Baron Sekiya, Hawaii247.org
The public was invited to the dedication of nine new Hele On buses at a Friday ceremony in Hilo.
Of the new 33-and-49 passenger coaches, seven were purchased with federal funds, while the other two were purchased with monies from the Puna Geothermal Asset Fund.
Kumu James “Kimo” Awai blessed the new buses with the assistance of 60 Keaukaha community children. Following the ceremony, the keiki enjoyed an inaugural ride along Kalaniana’ole Avenue and through Hilo town.
All the new buses were given Hawaiian names honoring specific winds of various geographical locations from throughout Hawaii County.