Biking in Honolulu and Oahu
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Oahu's coastal roads are flat, well paved, and unfortunately, awash in vehicular traffic. Frankly, biking is no fun in either Waikiki or Honolulu, but things are a bit better outside the city. Your best bet is to get off the road and check out the island's bike trails.
Honolulu City and County Bike Coordinator. This office can answer all your biking questions concerning trails, permits, and state laws. 808/768–8335. www1.honolulu.gov/dts/bikepage.htm.
Kaena Point Trail. If going up a mountain is not your idea of mountain biking, then perhaps Kaena Point Trail is better suited to your needs. A longer ride (10 miles) but much flatter, this trail takes you oceanside around the westernmost point on the island. You pass sea arches and a mini-blowhole, then finish up with some motocross jumps right before you turn around. There's no drinking water available on this ride, but at least at the end you have the Yokohama beach showers to cool you off. 69–385 Farrington Hwy., Waialua, HI, 96791.
Waimanalo Demonstration Trail. Locals favor biking this 10-mile trail that has breathtaking views as you descend into Waimanalo. There are many flat portions but also some uneven ground to negotiate unless you're willing to carry your bike for small stretches. The trailhead is at the Pali Lookout on the blacktop of Old Pali Rd. Nuuanu Pali Dr., at Pali Lookout, Honolulu, HI, 96817.
West Kaunala Trail. Biking the North Shore may sound like a great idea, but the two-lane road is narrow and traffic-heavy. We suggest you try the West Kaunala Trail. It's a little tricky at times, but with the rain-forest surroundings and beautiful ocean vistas you'll hardly notice your legs burning on the steep ascent at the end. It's about 5½ mile round-trip. Bring water because there's none on the trail unless it comes from the sky. 59-777 Pupukea Rd, at the end of Pupukea Rd., Haleiwa, HI, 96712. Pupukea Rd. is next to Foodland, the only grocery store on North Shore.
Equipment and Tours
Bike Hawaii. Whether it's road tours of the North Shore or muddy off-road adventures in Ka‘a‘awa Valley, this is the company to get you there. There are combination packages that pair cycling with kayaking, snorkeling, sailing or hiking. They also offer guided hikes combined with sailing and snorkeling. The company offers both three-hour road tours and a six-hour mountain-biking foray. Tours include equipment, transportation, water, and lunch. The company will pick you up at your hotel. A highlight is the Urban Cultural Bike Tour, which includes visits to Iolani Palace and historic downtown Honolulu. 877/682–7433. www.bikehawaii.com. From $60.
Hawaii Bicycling League. Don't want to go cycling by yourself? Visit this shop online, and you can get connected with rides and contests. 808/735–5756. www.hbl.org.
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