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Aloha!(4 posts)

Aloha!Mel Erickson
Mar 14, 2002 9:31 AM
Just got back last night from a much needed vacation in Hawaii. While there we (my wife and daughter as well as myself) took one of those rides down the Haleakala volcano on Maui. It was something we could all enjoy and the only bike riding I could get in during our 10 days. It was well worth it. If you want to do this, and I definitely advise you to try it, go with a little ride company called Aloha Bicycle Tours (www.mauibike.com). Virtually all the other companies herd you down the mountain in a long string of "Power Ranger" getups (full face helmets required by the National Park Service if you start at the Park entrance, matching rain suits and goofy bikes) and everyone has to go at the same, sometimes insane, pace of the leader. Aloha gives you a much more personal touch, you ride at your own pace with no leader herding you down. You get to see much more of the country and end at a beautiful winery. Aloha is a member of NORBA, LAW, IMBA and USCF and Marc (he and his wife Karen own the business) is a former Hawaii State Road Champion and Haleakala Hillclimb champion. Marc drives the sag wagon and Karen prepares lunch at the winery. The other fellow tourers were great and we got to trade alot of stories along the way. All in all it was a great experience that anyone who can ride a bike will enjoy.
I wanna go BAAAACK...Humma Hah
Mar 14, 2002 6:41 PM
My wife managed to schedule things so we didn't get ANY chance to ride on the Big Island or Oahu in late 2000. I was gonna get her on a rented tandem, her first try at that, but there was only one in Kona and it was already reserved.

Looked like it would have been fun, just don't fall down on the A'A' lava.
Looks like you got aroundMel Erickson
Mar 15, 2002 7:20 AM
My son lives on the Big Island just south of Hilo and we've been all over the island (in a car). This was our first time on Maui. I couldn't believe the traffic congestion, and tourism is down! It's the Big Island for me for sure. Next trip I'd like to do a week of "training camp". I stopped at HP Bike Works in Kona and talked to a German fellow named Oliver. He runs a "camp" that does 280 miles in a week and takes you up and down the Kona/Kohala coast as well as a trip to Waimea (orchidislebicycling.com). Sounds like a good winter ride but a bit pricey at $1500.
re: Aloha!DINOSAUR
Mar 16, 2002 7:05 AM
My oldest son and his wife were on Maui last month and my son did the ride down the Volcano. I think he said it was a 6 hour ride. He loved it.

They are trying to talk us into moving to Hawaii after our youngest daughter graduates from high school in two years. We are to seriousy look into it...