Party Buses Provide Prom Transportation for Teens

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Party Buses Provide Prom Transportation for Teens


Genegabus, Jason, Honolulu Star - Advertiser


As prom season ramps up again, thousands of high school students have secured their formal attire and ordered flowers for their dates. But there's another big decision teens have to make regarding transportation: Hawaii's graduated driver's license program can affect their ability to drive late at night, and who wants to roll up to prom at a Waikiki hotel behind the wheel of the family minivan?

OAHU PARTY BUS

>> Price: $150 per hour for a bus that seats up to 15, $200 per hour for a bus that seats 25

>> Info: 639-8687, oahupartybus.com

While limousine companies have operated in Honolulu for decades, students eager to experience prom as a group from start to finish have increasingly turned to tricked-out commercial transport vehicles commonly known as party buses. Bigger than a traditional limousine, a party bus can accommodate 15 or more passengers, with included luxury amenities like extra-strength air conditioning, audio/video entertainment systems with multiple monitors, private rooms, nightclub-style lighting and plenty of cooler and counter space for food and drinks.

Keona Mora is a junior at Campbell High School who has attended prom the last two years. After being driven by her parents two years ago, she joined her date last year and 18 other friends aboard a party bus that departed from Mora's house in Ewa Beach.

"It was an upgrade," Mora said. "It's more fun on a party bus, and it was just easier to arrive with all the people you know and are going to sit with. People were looking at us because the party bus was pretty big. It was like, 'Hey, everybody, what's up, we're here!'"

Oahu Party Bus owner Gene Simeona took over the business four years ago that has since transported more than 60,000 customers and gone from a single party bus to offering seven vehicles in two sizes.

"You can walk in with your big prom dress, and then you can get up and boogie during the trip," Simeona said.

Lauryn Suwa, a junior at Kamehameha, has ridden on a party bus twice and said the experience allows for groups of friends to make a "big entrance" that will make others "look and stare" as they disembark. …

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