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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

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

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

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!!

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.