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Lanai Shopping Shuttle resumes operations

Maui Economic Opportunity’s Lanai Shopping Shuttle to Maui resumed Tuesday, after a hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funded through Maui County grants, MEO buses pick up residents, mostly seniors, from their homes, and take them to Manele Harbor to board the Expeditions ferry to Lahaina. MEO buses meet them at Lahaina Small Boat Harbor and take them shopping on the west side before returning them to the harbor for the return trip.

The Lanai Shopping Shuttle runs once a week on Tuesdays. The ferry leaves at 8:15 a.m. and returns at 1 p.m. The May 11 shopping shuttle was at full capacity of 10 travelers, as is the next trip.

The shuttle is the brainchild of former Council Member Riki Hokama, who held the Lanai residency seat. He recognized that shopping on the island was expensive and asked MEO to provide more opportunities for residents to access the shuttle.

For more information on the shuttle and how to apply for a spot, contact the MEO Lanai office at (808) 565-6665. Travelers are allowed to bring a rolling cooler or cart; they cannot go off on their own or request to return on a different ferry.

MEO also operates shopping shuttles to and from remote areas to town on Lanai and Molokai and East Maui to Central Maui. For more information on the shuttles, contact MEO Transportation at 877-7651.

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