From 2015-2016 I was working in Kapolei and commuting from Ala Moana on Da Bus at 6AM. Sometimes I took the 5:40AM. This meant walking to Ala Moana in the dark and arriving at the final destination when the sun was rising over the golden weeds of Kapolei. It was better than driving in that once you were on the bus, you could sit and do work or read and chat and not worry about commuter traffic. On the other hand, it was REALLY EARLY.
Yet, there was a great positive to this early morning commute: I made friends with people at the bus stop that I would never have the opportunity to encounter in my regular social life.
Ruben, Steve, and Susan work in different fields and come from entirely different walks of life and places–from Puerto Rico to New York to Kaimuki. They worked at a homeless shelter, for the city, and as a nurse. I learned about Boys Town in Nebraska, care homes back East, and how to navigate Hawaii bureaucracy. They have all (except Susan) managed to move their commute from Kapolei to a shorter one within town. HOORAY. (We all cheered each other on when we did this–gotta have your BUS pals in on this.) I remain grateful for their laughter, wisdom, and encouragement. We gathered last year in Ala Moana, shared lunch to talk story, and did the same over the weekend. Try it out! Get out of your car. Make a friend on Da Bus.