A RIDE THROUGH WAIKIKI
Hawaiian Style Rentals and Sales (HSRS) has come up with a new way to enjoy those beautiful Waikiki sunsets with its Sunset and Snack Bicycle Ride package, offered daily starting at 4 p.m.
“A lot of people don’t realize that there are some pretty good bike rides here,” HSRS owner Nathan Bingham says.
“And that time of day is a really good time to bike. For me, that is my favorite time of the day, with the sun setting — it’s really pretty.”
The package is offered in partnership with Tucker & Bevvy Picnic Food, which specializes in simple, fresh food for beach-goers. Included in the picnic is your choice of a wrap, chips and a drink. Wrap selections will depend on what the eatery has available each day, but options may include Caesar Chicken, Tuna Salad, Kale and Butternut and Greek Salad.
HSRS and Tucker & Bevvy are located a stone’s throw from one another in Waikiki (HSRS at 2556 Lemon Road and Tucker & Bevvy at 2586 Kalakaua Ave.), and once you pick up your bike and your food, the route is up to you. Before you head out, HSRS will supply a map detailing possible paths around Kapiolani Park and along the ocean. Bikers also can choose a lengthier trip through Kahala, around Diamond Head or even all the way to Magic Island.
Throughout those areas, there are plenty of picnic tables to post up at while you dine. For a perfectly picturesque sunset, check out Kapahulu Pier that juts out into the ocean across from Waikiki Shell. From there, you’ll have a front-row seat to the sunset, with a nice view of Diamond Head and The Royal Hawaiian hotel in the background.
HSRS, which Bingham founded nearly 10 years ago, initially operating out of the back of a truck, also offers moped and scooter rentals. All of its rentals are available for a few hours and up to a few days.
Bingham hopes the Sunset and Snack Bicycle Ride will help attract more locals to the Waikiki area.
“We get a lot of tourists here, and we think that they do take advantage of how pretty this side of Waikiki really is, but a lot of locals really don’t,” he explains. “We like to see (locals) get on a bike, watch the sunset, and enjoy what all the tourists enjoy, too.”
The Sunset and Snack Bicycle Ride package starts at $32 for a comfort bike model; shopping basket bike models cost $37. There is no official closing date yet, but it is a limited offering. Reservations are recommended. For more information, call 946-6733 or visit hawaiianstylerentals.com.