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Finding our path

March 14th, 2011 by Coconut Coasters | Tags: , , , , | Posted in Coconut Wireless |

There have been so many changes for us this past year. While listening to our customer feedback, it became evident pretty quick that we needed to stretch our wings and offer a wider variety of products and services.

In 2011, we will offer:

  • New - Trek Mountain Bikes have just arrived! We have several sizes and styles for those who want ‘more bike’ with the goal to get off the beaten path.
  • New – Trek Road Bikes! This is a big one for us as we have been the so called “bike path folks” for the past three years and so venturing down the “road” path is exciting. We hope to support those who are traveling here for the triathlons and other long distance riders. Give us a call to reserve them in advance if you are interested.
  • New – Bike repair and maintenance! Our full service bike repair shop in Kapaa offers service with a smile. We have a knowledgeable friendly staff that will take care of your bike, old or new and provide you with the service you deserve.
  • New – Snorkel Rental Equipment. You said it and we heard you!
  • New – Burley infant bike strollers/trailers to rent! We have always had a solution for infants 18 months and older, but we have just placed an order for Burley jogging strollers and bike trailers making toting along the baby an easy task

5 Star Excellent service! We have always been proud of the great feedback we have gotten from our local and visiting customer base and are pleased to say we have over 300 internet reviews of our shop with an average rating of 5 out of 5 stars. Our gratitude goes out to our awesome customers and local neighbors for their honest and helpful feedback. Your comments have helped us get moving and provided us direction as we have continued to grow. Congratulations to Spark, JD and Angelo for the awesome service that has been reflected in our 5 star ratings! We wouldn’t be where we are without you, so THANK YOU!

What is new with the path? The paving work over the Wailua Bridge connecting Lydgate Park with the entrance to Kapaa is planned to kick off this week according to the road work signs. The bridge is in place and it looks great! Although the barricades are up and it is pretty difficult to see the entire project from our vantage point, the signs indicate that the paving work will be done this week and I assume we will see some activity towards opening this section of path in the very near future. Although there is still a good 1.5 miles from Kapaa to this new bridge that is not done, riding along the road and crossing the bridge to get to Lydgate will be easier and much safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Moonlight Rides:

Coconut Coasters has been hosting monthly Moonlight rides each month just in time to watch that big beautiful moon rise over our amazing Coconut Coast. Locals are welcome to join us and bring their own bikes. Visitors are also welcome and can rent bikes for a discounted rate if booked in advance. More information is available on line at: http://www.meetup.com/Coconut-Coasters-Full-Moon-Bike-Ride-Kapaa/events/16628083/

Coconut Coasters Beach Bike Rentals and Repair

4-1586 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa HI 96746

Kauai

808 822 7368

Grand Re-Opening for Chicken in a Barrel

November 26th, 2010 by Coconut Coasters | Posted in Coconut Wireless |

Chicken in a Barrel is having their Grand Re-Opening celebration today and tomorrow (Nov 26-27) with live music, lunch plate specials and something even for the dinner hour. Come on by and work off your Turkey Legs from your Thanksgiving feast with a bike ride along the coast, to make room for some of their amazing BBQ Pork and Beef.

Coconut Coasters is open all weekend, come on down!

Friday 9 AM

Saturday 9 AM

Sunday 9 AM

 

See you there!

New Neighbor for Coconut Coasters! CHICKEN IN A BARREL, Kapaa HI

June 5th, 2010 by Coconut Coasters | Posted in Coconut Wireless |

Aloha!

So much exciting news to report but first I want to announce that we have a new neighboring business that just opened their doors today! Congratulations to Chicken in a Barrel!

You won’t be able to mistake the wonderful smell of BBQ Pork, Chicken and Beef smokin’ in their special barrels as you head down the highway in North Kapaa. Come on down and join the fun and good eats!

Also want to welcome back Kelsey for our summer rush! Kelsey has been away at school but is already back and working hard at the shop!

In addition to our regular staff, Angelo has also joined us permanently and has taken on a lot of responsibility here at Coconut Coasters. We are excited to have him on board and look forward to the great ideas and skills he brings to the table.

Summer is here! BRING IT!

Building the path in Wailua Beach Park

September 5th, 2009 by Coconut Coasters | Posted in Coconut Wireless |

Submitted by KauaiPath.Org on Wed, 08/19/2009 - 10:53am.

Building part of the next portion of Ke Ala Hele Makalae (connecting Lydgate Park to Lihi Park) within Wailua Beach Park has been a topic of recent discussions. Following is one of the questions posed by reporter Michael Levine of The Garden Island Newspaper to Kauai Path.

GI: What were the other alternatives for the path route through Wailua?

Under the contract awarded to Kimura International, Inc. to prepare the required Environmental Assessment, the project team considered three route alternatives: (1) a coastal option, (2) a roadway option (along the Kuhio Highway shoulder or shared use of low-volume roadways), and (3) a mauka option (adjacent to the inland canal system). Because of severe space limitations within the Kuhio Highway right-of-way, the project team focused on two alternatives within the Wailua Beach section: the coastal and mauka options.

Below is a photo-simulation of the boardwalk planned for the Wailua Beach Park.


Exciting News Just in Time for Summer!

June 10th, 2009 by Coconut Coasters | Posted in Coconut Wireless |

With the summer season close at hand, the un-official word that the north section of the path has already been opened couldn’t have come at a better time. Riders, walkers and joggers have been not-so-patiently waiting for the gates to come down so they could again traverse the winding path along the shoreline from Kealia Beach to Kuna Bay (AKA Donkey Beach). This area, once an old cane haul road has been paved and now provides easy access to all while offering some of the best photo opportunities I have seen along Kauai’s east side.

The 1.8 mile addition to what is already a spectacular path was well worth the wait. Although the county took months to open the gates, the pavement is smooth and protective fences have been placed strategically along sections that have notoriously been problem areas for both walkers and riders. The goal of the fencing and new drainage areas is to curb the rock slides and water run-off issues common during hard rain. Although to my knowledge no official announcement has been published, the gates preventing access and signs warning of violations have been removed, so the public can breeze on by and take in the sites.

The county has placed two nice covered pavilions with picnic benches along the path route, both with exceptional views. The new signage at Kealia is also outstanding and provides riders/walkers with information about places of interest along the path as well. We are really proud and excited that our east side path is growing and that the plans to continue the work are coming along so nicely! Congratulations Mayor Carvalho

 

Mayor Provides Opportunity for Community Involvement:

On-line registration for participants and volunteers has just begun for the Mayor-A-Thon—a FREE celebration marking the opening all four miles of the Kapaa to Ahihi Point & Kuna Bay (Donkey Beach) section of Ke Ala Hele Makalae!

 

click here to register on-line!

Walk, run, bike and talk story with Mayor Bernard Carvalho at this 1st Annual Mayor-A-Thon Event celebrating fitness. The event starts & finishes at Kapaa Beach Park.

Prizes for the best decorated bike, stroller & participant! Co-sponsored by Get Fit Kauai (NPAC), County of Kauai-Department of Parks & Recreation, and Kauai Path.

 

7:00 am Saturday morning, June 27 at the Kapaa Beach Park

This event is a FUN 2, 4, 6, or 8 mile walk, stroll, jog, run, or bike event on the new path—NOT A RACE.

 

Coconut Coasters is offering a flat rate, $10 bike rental from 6:30 am (pick up time) until 11:00 am (return time) for all participants with advance reservations only. Please call 808-822-7368 to reserve your bike today!

 

All are welcome, but the first 300 people registered for the event on-line will be eligible to receive a free breakfast and tank top!  Who can beat that?

You must be present at the Mayor-A-Thon by 7:30 am on June 27th to collect the free items—if you register on-line but are not signed in by 7:30 am on the day of the Mayor-A-Thon…your breakfast ticket and tank top will be given away to someone else. 

 
 

Please share this registration info with friends, co-workers, bosses, families, and anyone else you think would be interested.  

Registration forms are also available at Coconut Coasters in Kapa`a. Mail the completed form to: Ms. Bev Brody, PO Box 392, Kilauea, HI. 96754…but the best way to register is online at www.getfitkauai.com

 
 

Coconut Coasters is on the air!

February 26th, 2009 by Coconut Coasters | Tags: | Posted in Coconut Wireless |

We are excited to announce that Coconut Coasters has officially made it on the air to KVIC TV in Kauai. Our commercial was recently finished and is now available for viewing on the web and on air!


Many thanks to our customers and friends for helping us create and produce the video! We couldn’t have done it without you. The all star cast includes:

  • Alissa Barry of Hawaii
  • Mary and Barry Bowen of British Columbia
  • Joshua Easterling of Colorado
  • Denise, Jayson and Tyler Hawthorn of Hawaii
  • Lucas and Kenny Ishii of Hawaii
  • Dale and Sandra Purcell of British Columbia
  • Susan and Steven Skommesa of California

     
    And of course Spark, our beloved Manager!

     

Coconut Coaster’s will celebrate our one year anniversary March 19th! We are planning a nice event that day with discounts for our local and repeat customers. We would like to express our love and gratitude to all who have helped us get up and running this past year and for those who have become loyal customers and friends!

Be green – Rent a bike in Kauai!

Mia

Happy Kauai Thanksgiving! Hau`oli Lâ Ho`omaika`i!

November 26th, 2008 by Coconut Coasters | Posted in Coconut Wireless |

The Coconut Coaster’s Family would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to our customers and community for the support and friendship we have been blessed with this past year. We are thankful for your business and loyal patronage and enjoy serving you!

We wish you and yours a bountiful Thanksgiving feast, loads of laughter with friends and loved ones and of course all the pumpkin pie you can eat!

Mahalo,

The Costales Family

 

Q. What did the Turkey say to the blind farmer?

 

A. Moooooooo

 

 



 

Goin’ Coconuts in Kapaa, Kauai

November 2nd, 2008 by Coconut Coasters | Tags: , , , , , , | Posted in Coconut Wireless |


Coconut Festival:

Coconut Coasters was proud to be a sponsor of the 12thannual Coconut Festival and we had a blast getting out there with the community! The festival is held each year in October and hosts entertainment, children’s programming, great food and wonderful shopping. We set up a large booth in the Sponsor’s tent and had a great time chatting with visitors and enjoying the awesome entertainment.  Kenny Ishii who owns Ono Family Restaurant in Kapaa was in charge of the entertainment at the festival and did a great job scheduling local artists to perform for the thousands who attended both Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to the great bands and hula on stage, watching Kap Tafiti weave coconut baskets and shimmy up tall coconut trees was really a highlight for us. Kap is an amazing individual who put himself through school and now makes his living sharing all he knows about coconuts with the public. In addition to his skills using coconut palm fronds to make hats and baskets, he is able to climb coconut trees in seconds. We had seen pictures of him and read about his feats, but meeting him in person was the biggest joy.  Kap loves his family, community and art. He is a skilled painter with a gift for people and a contagious smile . He is full of Aloha, and shares that with the people that some to watch him perform.  We are grateful we got a chance to meet him and look forward to seeing him again soon. Visit youtube.com to see short videos of his performances.  Here is an example of one from another show http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBIxQlZ1Cus

What’s new with the path?  That is the question we hear most often in reference to the newest section of path north of Kealia Beach. Honestly,  we are all waiting for the big announcement that the path is now open and ready for public use. The last press release we read said that the new section would most likely open in August or September, but here it is November already and apparently there is no official word on the exact date. Some have spectulated that the county may be waiting for Kauai’s new Mayor and County Council to be in place, so they can take the opportunity to meet and greet the public with a blessing and Grand Opening event of some sort.  We assume there will be a new announcement soon.

The fence that has been up just north of Kealia still stands, with the gate only being opened for a few hours each week. County workers who have been finishing up on the path allow riders and walkers in from time to time, but for the most part it is still closed to the public. Locals seem to have run out of patience and have been going around the fence to travel the extra 1.8 miles of coastline this new section offers. I have to admit, it is the most remote and beautiful area yet and I can’t wait until we can share this with our visitors and family members who plan to visit this holiday season. One day when the gate was open, Spark and I saw dozens of large Honu feeding along the water near the cliffs, and recently some bikers spotted water spouts from passing whales just south of donkey beach. This time of year is always so exciting, especially when whale season arrives! 

As someone we know and love often says…..”Just can’t wait!”

PS. We miss you Brandon!!

Paradise Ride - Malama Pono Kauai

August 2nd, 2008 by Coconut Coasters | Tags: , , , , | Posted in Coconut Wireless |

Coconut Coasters Beach Bike Rentals sends a huge Aloha to our friends, readers and family here in Kauai and across the world.  July 2008 was Coconut Coasters best month ever in respect to sales and feedback from our awesome customers.  Thank you for the letters, well wishes and emails and of course the awesome ratings we have been getting on the web and sites like merchantcircle.com and google.com.  If you were here recently and took pictures on the path or of your group on bikes, please email me a copy with your permission to use and we will see if we can’t find room for you on our site or wall inside the shop.

The verdict is in, and our customer’s say they love the shop, bikes and service so we are so proud of that. We have been tracking our customer’s home towns on a huge map in the store for about 6 weeks now, and have 3/4 of the states represented now as well as 8 different countries. We are still looking forward to meeting those of you visiting Kauai from New Mexico, Nevada, Missouri, Iowa, Mississippi,  Alabama, South Carolina, West Virginia, Delaware, Connecticut and of course Rhode Island!  If you are making a trip to Kauai in the upcoming weeks or months, please stop in, say hello and place a sticker on the map so your state can be represented.  

 

We recently met a very nice lady who had only 13 countries left on her quest to visit every country in the world.  She travels with a group that spends at least 6 months of every year traveling to new places and getting stamps in her passport.  She is from Indonesia and I must say she was just daring and has many interesting stories about her adventures.  She showed us her most recent passport, which was full of fascinating stamps from all over.  We wish her safe travels and warm greetings wherever she goes 

 

The bike rental business in Kauai is taking interesting form in that we initially thought most of our customers would be visitors renting a bike for just an hour or so biking up and down the eastern shoreline of the island.  To our delight, we are getting a large volume of local business from our community which means that our Ohana in Kauai is enjoying this beautiful paradise we live in as well.  Thank goodness it isn’t all work here, and no play.  School is almost back in session for Kauai families, so this week we have seen our local kids coming in for one more summer ride before they head back to class.

In addition, we are pleased with the number of visitors that are renting for week or more, opting for an eco-friendly transportation method vs. getting in the car to run to the store or site see locally.  Our price breaks for weekly rentals make that possible, since our weekly rates are equivalent to a 4 day rental.  NICE!  Thanks to those who are choosing greener options!

Next weekend, Coconut Coasters Beach Bike Rentals will be sponsoring a rider check in booth for the Malama Pono Paradise Ride in Kauai.  On Sunday, we will have a booth ready at Opaeka’a Falls in Wailua with snacks, shade and refreshments for all those who are out there biking to raise money for this excellent organization and worthy cause.  You can read more about the Paradise Ride by visiting paradiseridekauai.com.  Looking for an opportunity to volunteer?  We could sure the use help at the event on Sunday between noon and 4 pm at the falls.  More hands make light work. J  All volunteers are invited to a special dinner at the Kapaa Neighborhood Center following the conclusion of the ride, most likely about 5:30 PM. 

To get more information, or sign up to help please call us at 808-822-7368. 

 UPDATE:  Coconut Coasters Beach Bike Rentals was voted BEST REST STOP for the Sunday Paradise Ride!  Many thanks to our volunteers:  The Lee Family and Friends, Brett I, Glen C, Gail L, Steve M and da’ sista’s.  We love and appreciate all you do!

 

We are live!

July 22nd, 2008 by Coconut Coasters | Tags: , , , , , , | Posted in Coconut Wireless |

7/22/08 - Today is an exciting day for the Coconut Coasters crew!  Our web site has now officially launched and we are on-line ready to work with our internet customers.  Wow!  It took quite a bit of time and resources to find a way to showcase the bikes and engage with an on-line rental reservation system that would help our customer’s book in advance and reserve the bikes they are most interested in.  We would like to thank Adam, Kauaipath.org and of course A3H for the ideas and support while working through the details! 

Coconut Coasters Beach Bike Rentals is still taking reservations via email (info@coconutcoasters.com) and phone 808-822-7368 so those of you who may have special requests, or who are not yet comfortable using an on-line reservation system will be greeted with a warm welcome and the same attention afforded all of our guests.  We look forward to helping you so just give us a shout.

Now off to some other news…..so much going on here in Kauai, especially with the path.  This week, the city council will resume work on  proposals related to allowing dogs on the path, and last week an article in the Garden Island Newspaper highlighted that the newest section of the path north of Kealia Beach is slated to open to the public in late August or September.  All of this news has the candidates for running for City Council as well as Mayoral hopefuls out chatting with the community about these topics which is very good for Kauai.

Regardless of the issues at hand and how we individually might feel about them, it is an exciting time for the path and community.  Walking along the path is so beautiful and relaxing and the people love it.  The paved path is long enough for a nice long walk or ride, so no matter how you choose to travel it, (bike or walk) it is fun and great exercise. 

The locals are using the path as a place to get together to talk story and spend time together.  Moms with strollers, or kids (of all ages) on bikes are out there enjoying it daily.  The visitors are also getting in the mix now too, with some of the local bike shops like Coconut Coasters offering rentals and the east side hotels promoting walking the path instead of getting in the car.  It is great to have an alternative means of east side transportation!

Renting a beach cruiser is easy and so much fun.  The path is nearly flat, so riding south is a breeze.  The ride north takes a little more effort, but even that isn’t hard as there are many places to stop and take a break.  The county put in nice covered pavilions with picnic tables and rest areas, so if it starts to mist a little, or you just want to stop for a snack, there are plenty of places to find a little bench or table.  There are also restrooms available every 1/2 mile or so, and beach access along nearly every stretch.  The surfing in Kealia is awesome on most days, and the calm waters in Kapaa or down at baby beach make for perfect wading with no waves at all.  Pack a picnic lunch and head down to the path to search out your ideal spot!

One last comment regarding safety, Sparky says “Save your Coconut, Wear a Helmet!” 

Hawaii State law requires children under the age of 16 wear a helmet when riding a bike.