Poker run to help Kaua‘i guardsmen

WAIPOULI — Brendan Melendes is only 4 years old, but he had a lot of reasons to be excited.

At the top of the list was the shiny green motorcycle that stood off to one side of the door leading to Two Wheels in Waipouli.

This was followed by learning of the upcoming Street Poker Ride that is being coordinated by Tom Leighton of Two Wheels.

“He’s been in a poker run before,” Brendan’s mom said. “Hopefully, he can do part of this one, too.”

Two Wheels, in conjunction with the Kaua‘i Harley-Davidson in Puhi and the Waimea Big Save, will be hosting the Street Poker Run on March 18 with the proceeds being turned over to the Air and Army National Guard, Leighton said.

Check-in is at 8:30 a.m. with the ride starting at 10 a.m. from the Two Wheels shop across from the Foodland store in Waipouli.

“There will be national guardsmen in uniform, and one of them will be doing the drawing for the grand prize of a trip for two to Las Vegas,” Leighton said. “But the crew is out hustling for even more prizes.”

Leighton said he found out there are several Kaua‘i guardsmen who are in the process of being shipped out, and wants to make sure they have their CARE packages of saimin, phone cards and other goodies local boys love.

“We want a lot of people to come out,” Leighton said. “It’s the first Run of the year, and it’s for a good cause. Our car and truck friends are welcome, too.”

For non-motorcycle riders, Leighton said they will have coffee and doughnuts in the morning, and around lunchtime, the menu will change to include hot dogs and soda.

Additionally, the grand prize for two to Las Vegas is through a donation that gets you a ticket. Leighton said the certificate for the trip doesn’t limit the winner to Las Vegas. There is a provision the winner can change the destination to either San Francisco, San Diego, Reno, or even Orlando, Florida. Leighton said there is the option to extend the trip from its three-night, two-days to a longer period.

“Right now we have stops at the Kaua‘i Harley-Davidson and the Waimea Big Save,” Leighton said. “We’re working with Brennecke’s in Po‘ipu and a stop in Kilauea before the riders get back here.”

Entry fee for the Street Poker Run is $10.

For more information, call Two Wheels at 822-7283.

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