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Kauai’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Path wins disability access award!

Posted November 5th, 2008 by Coconut Coasters | Tags: , , , | Posted in Path News and Views |

11/4/08 Kauai’s Ke Ala Hele Makalae, ‘the path that goes by the coast’ was recognized and awarded the State of Hawaii’s Disability Access Award. The path which offers miles of paved scenic pathway along Kauai’s east side was recognized for its accessibility, enhanced design and over all user experience. Local and visiting families of all ages enjoy the path and appreciate the wide paved access and smooth surfaces to walk or ride. Read more about the award here

Goin’ Coconuts in Kapaa, Kauai

Posted 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!!

The Shop

Posted August 24th, 2008 by Coconut Coasters | Tags: , , , | Posted in What's new at the shop |

At Coconut Coasters, we recognize our visiting customers are here to enjoy some much needed fun and exercise while on vacation, and they have many choices on how to spend their time.  Kayaking, surfing, snorkeling and of course biking are among the long list of activities people can choose from when looking for Kauai adventures, and none of those options will disappoint!  So how do we stand out from the crowd?

We have “SPARK”!!

In case you don’t know him…Spark is our Manager and co-owner of Coconut Coasters. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to meet him, you should stop on in and say hello!  You will be glad you did.

Working at the shop every day provides Spark, aka the ‘spokesman’ opportunities to get to know the community and help our customers enjoy the day in the Kapa’a area.  He has his daily routine and system down pat now, from greeting each customer the second they walk in the door to helping them choose the right bike.  The result, our customer feedback lets us know that they really appreciate being treated like their business is important to us and that they are #1 in our eyes.

Spark does a great job of welcoming our customers not only to our shop, but to the island.  Although he truly believes that the path along the coast has something to offer everyone, his goal really is to help each customer understand what the ride offers so they can make an educated decision about how to spend their time.  Whether they choose to rent or not, there are no pressure sales tactics in our store and our customer appreciates that.

In addition to the personalized service he offers with the bikes, he never seems to run out of time with customers, even offering them tips on places to visit or sharing his experiences on favorite hiking trails and restaurants. Spark has also really put himself out there to our local customers too, and his regular business is growing weekly.  Even those who don’t ride come by as they are walking the path to talk story with him, share a joke and catch up on what’s going on in the area.  He appreciates the community support and loves the attention. 

So, the family wants to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU SPARK for your dedication and commitment to ensuring each of our visitors and customers leave our store feeling appreciated and respected.  We are all proud and grateful to you that you are the face of Coconut Coasters Beach Bike Rentals!  Aloha!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paradise Ride - Malama Pono Kauai

Posted 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!

Posted 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.