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Hele-On is a struggling transit agency on the Island of Hawaii with a very limited an outdated wiki.

I have spent the last few days (which I should have been studying for exams) building a fleet for Hele-On on a Google Docs here

If you have anything to add feel free to tell me. PICTURES ARE GREAT!!!!

I shall update the wiki with my findings before the end of June.

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Once again, major kudos to you for uncovering information about the city bus fleets on the neighbor islands. It's a dream for me to go to the Big Island, but one of my worries of being there is being stranded in the middle of nowhere with limited bus service. 

I dug into their heavy duty fleet with the provided info. Their 2000 model Gillig Phantom Suburbans are 40-footers (designation D) equipped with the Detroit Diesel Series 50 (designation 20), which is either with an original or an EGR system. Their 2005 model Gillig Phantom Suburbans are 37-footers (designation C) equipped with Cummins ISL with EPA 2004 certification (designation 29). Since you didn't provide a VIN on the 2007 Gillig Phantom Suburbans, I'm not too sure if it is still a 37-footer, or if it bounced back up to being a 40-footer, or what their engines are. Everything else after that is up towards speculation on what their transmissions are. 

Their 2010 model MCI D4000CLs have the Cummins ISM with EPA 2007 certification, rated at 410 hp. Lastly, their 2014 model ElDorado XHFs are 36-footers (designation E, conventional flooring) equipped with the Cummins ISL9 with a possible EPA 2013 certification (designation CL). With no VINs listed for the 2013, 2014, and 2015 model MCIs, I can only imagine them being equipped with the Cummins ISX11.9. Once again, their transmissions are unknown. 

As for their historic fleet, I did recall seeing a photo of an ex-OTS 1993 TMC RTS-08 40-footer, rebranded with the Hele-On logo and maintaining the same OTS livery. It was posted by the NorCalBusFans group on their J-Album gallery, but said gallery expired along with all of the pictures. In addition, they didn't reupload those photos of interest to their Flickr account as of yet. 

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On 7/3/2019 at 2:04 AM, Rotidua said:

As for their historic fleet, I did recall seeing a photo of an ex-OTS 1993 TMC RTS-08 40-footer, rebranded with the Hele-On logo and maintaining the same OTS livery. It was posted by the NorCalBusFans group on their J-Album gallery, but said gallery expired along with all of the pictures. In addition, they didn't reupload those photos of interest to their Flickr account as of yet. 

I did a bunch more research and found this image of the Roberts Hawaii bus yard in Hilo with ex. The Bus 221, 223, 224, 225, 227 and 228. These may be the buses your talking about. I will get around to editing the wiki shortly (the next few days)

Hilo.thumb.png.d219e51d64034e3db19a56d9f0b3af68.png

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5 hours ago, Thomasw said:

I did a bunch more research and found this image of the Roberts Hawaii bus yard in Hilo with ex. The Bus 221, 223, 224 and 228. These may be the buses your talking about. I will get around to editing the wiki shortly (the next few days)

Hilo.thumb.png.d219e51d64034e3db19a56d9f0b3af68.png

Sweet mother of mercy. 

It'd be a miracle if those are still there 9 years after the street photo upload date. Great work. 

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4 hours ago, Rotidua said:

Sweet mother of mercy. 

It'd be a miracle if those are still there 9 years after the street photo upload date. Great work. 

The street photo at that location only went till 2011 for some reason but they were there in 2011 except for the fact that there is now a big wall separating the yard from the road.

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On 11/6/2019 at 9:49 AM, kainoa3 said:

Please let us know if they’re still there. That would be the find of the decade. 

I dont actually live on the island in fact I dont even live close to there. I live in Canada though I have found an interested in Hawaiian transit and motorcoach operators (hence why ive dedicated so much of my time to researching them).

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Your document listing is good but it is missing a number of buses that are listed on the CPTDB Wiki. Here are a number of photos of buses I took on April 13, 2012. Many of these buses are not shown in your listing.

Hele-On Hilo 4 - Mooheau Term -  13APR12.jpg

Hele-On Hilo 09 - 13APR12.jpg

Hele-On Hilo 103 - 13APR12.jpg

Hele-On Hilo 201 - 13APR12.jpg

Hele-On Hilo 203 - 13APR12.jpg

Hele-On Hilo 204 - 13APR12.jpg

Hele-On Hilo 206 - 13APR12.jpg

Hele-On Hilo 225 - 13APR12.jpg

Hele-On Hilo 227 - 13APR12.jpg

Hele-On Hilo 308 - 13APR12.jpg

Hele-On Hilo 313 - 13APR12.jpg

Bus 407 also exists and is not shown on your listing.

Hele-On Hilo 407 - 13APR12.jpg

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3 minutes ago, Seashore_518203 said:

Your document listing is good but it is missing a number of buses that are listed on the CPTDB Wiki. Here are a number of photos of buses I took on April 13, 2012. Many of these buses are not shown in your listing.

Hele-On Hilo 4 - Mooheau Term -  13APR12.jpg=303

Hele-On Hilo 09 - 13APR12.jpg=309

Hele-On Hilo 103 - 13APR12.jpg=This is on my document

Hele-On Hilo 201 - 13APR12.jpg=I didnt put these on my doc because the wiki had all the info about them already

Hele-On Hilo 203 - 13APR12.jpg

Hele-On Hilo 204 - 13APR12.jpg

Hele-On Hilo 206 - 13APR12.jpg

Hele-On Hilo 225 - 13APR12.jpg=I just found out they had these buses a couple of days ago, scroll up

Hele-On Hilo 227 - 13APR12.jpg

Hele-On Hilo 308 - 13APR12.jpg=on my doc

Hele-On Hilo 313 - 13APR12.jpg=on my doc

My doc was only a resource I used to put all my info in, then i put it in the wiki.

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I have added the RTSs to the wiki page:

Thank you to everyone that has helped me gather all the necessary information.

Now onto another mystery:

Look what I found here

HI - Hawaii - Hele-On (002) 2004 Transcoach in shed - INL

There is no information about it so once again I am reaching out and looking for some help.

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