The Leeward Community College campus bustled with activity on February 7 and 8 as the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) gave the community the first glimpse of Hālaulani, the rail station at Leeward. Friday was set aside as Youth Day for Waipahu and Kapolei High School students who toured the first high-tech driverless train in the United States! On hand were HART CEO Andrews Robbins, Waipahu High School Principal Keith Hayashi, and Leeward’s Bill Labby. Labby, who is the program coordinator for the college’s Integrated Industrial Technology (IIT) Program, shared information on the various job opportunities for the IIT students.
On Saturday, the activities continued with Community Train Day, as the station opened to the community. It was a fun-filled day for the entire family with train and station tours and keiki activities. The community got to learn about the rail project via informational displays, simulated route and station videos, and, of course, by climbing aboard the train itself. Even Chancellor Peñeloza and his family got in on the fun!