Roberts Hawaii

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Roberts Hawaii Tours and Transport
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Headquarters680 Iwilei Road, Honolulu, Hawaii
Service typeTour bus service, airport shuttle, school bus contractor

Roberts Hawaii Tours and Transportation is a tour bus operator in the state of Hawaii founded in 1941 by Robert Iwamoto Sr. as a one-man taxi company in Hanapepe, Kauai.[1] It has operations on 4 of Hawaii's major Islands: Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Maui, and the Island of Hawaiʻi.[2] It has an employee-owned company with 900 vehicles and 1,400 employees.[2]

Roberts Hawaii is also the parent company for the Magic of Polynesia Show, Hawaiian Monarch Hotel, Roberts Hawaii School Bus, and various Hawaii shuttle services.

Tours and Transportation[edit]

Roberts Hawaii has a fleet of motorcoaches, mini-buses, and vans. Most motorcoaches are made by Prevost Car along with Motor Coach Industries, including Renaissance Coaches (55-60 seats), "DL" Series coaches (55-63 seats), some "D" series coaches (55 seats), Ford-Econoline Minibuses (21-25 seats, and Ford Econoline Passenger vans (11–15 seats). The fleet make-up is similar on every island, since it is impractical to move vehicles between islands.

Roberts Hawaii currently holds transportation contracts for many of Oʻahu's attractions, including Atlantis Submarines & Cruises, Germaine's Luau, USS Missouri, and Hilo Hatties. Tours, especially on the neighbor islands, are narrated by the drivers themselves. In 2013, Roberts Hawaii acquired a $21,000,000 contract with the Hawaii State Department of Education to provide school bus service for 181 of O'ahu's 305 bus routes for the 2014 and 2015 school years.[3]


In 2009, Roberts Hawaii settled with the Environmental Protection Agency over allegations that the bus company failed to provide annual chemical inventory information to emergency responders; a requirement of facilities that use dangerous chemicals.[4]


  1. ^ Kelli Abe. Trifonovitch (2003). "Bring on the bunny: a leaner Roberts Hawaii sprints forward.(Top 250 25th Anniversary)(transportation and tourism business)". Hawaii Business. Retrieved March 8, 2014 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)).
  2. ^ a b "Roberts Hawaii adds 25 minibuses". Honolulu Star - Advertiser. 2011. Retrieved March 8, 2014 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)).
  3. ^ "Roberts Hawaii, Ground Transport Awarded School Bus Service Contracts Worth $21 Million". Honolulu Star - Advertiser. 2013. Retrieved March 8, 2014 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)).
  4. ^ "EPA REQUIRES ROBERTS HAWAII AND LOVE'S BAKERY TO CORRECT VIOLATIONS TO PROTECT EMERGENCY RESPONDERS, PUBLIC" (Press release). US Fed News Service, Including US State News. 2009. Retrieved March 8, 2014 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)).

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