Na Ali‘i hosts royal motorcycle ride for Kuhio

HANAMA‘ULU —Kaua‘i opened its doors to about 150 motorcycle enthusiasts who took advantage of the three-day Prince Kuhio weekend for the 4th Annual Prince Kuhio Ride hosted by the Kaua‘i Chapter of Na Ali‘i motorcycle club.

Arthur Kahahawai of Kapa‘a, a Na Ali‘i member, said the ride attracts riders not only from around Kaua‘i, but from the Big Island, Maui and O‘ahu who ship their bikes to Kaua‘i for the long weekend ride.

“We have about 60 riders and their families camping here at Hanama‘ulu Beach Park,” Kahahawai said. “Next time, we’re going to have to be more specific and tell them we need the whole park.”

Among the campers, Nate Feliciano of Na Kane O Keawawa on the Big Island, said he had 10 riders and their families enjoying the Hanama‘ulu campsite, sharing the grounds with Pua‘ala Akui-Ramos’ family who was having a birthday party for the 6-year-old.

“This is our third year coming to Kaua‘i and we love it,” Feliciano said. “This is just like the way it is at home in Laupahoehoe, except it’s not as big. But everything is just like we have it at home on the Big Island — the people are great, the beaches are nice and it’s so laid back.”

Feliciano said the Kaua‘i trip is one of two trips the club plans for each year. The second is the ride on O‘ahu, where members participate in the Toys for Tots campaign.

“When we started coming here, we made a deal with Na Ali‘i that we would be back for three years,” Feliciano said. “This is the third year, so when we go back the club will vote on whether we will continue to come back here.”

Feliciano said he is hoping the club will continue to participate in the Prince Kuhio Ride because it is a good experience, pointing out how they even brought over their own kitchen sink and “the white tent for showers.”

“This is how things are in Hawai‘i,” Feliciano said. “The clubs all get together and support each other. There might be differences, but when we have a ride, everyone comes together and it’s a big family.”

Kahahawai said during the July Fourth Ride, Koa Puna will host riders.

Tom of Kaua‘i Harley (Davidson) Owners Group had invitations for bikers to participate in the “Howling at the Moon Motorcycle Night Rumble” to benefit Life’s Bridges on April 7.

Registration is $10 for each rider and passenger, and includes a hot drink and snack. Visit www.kauaihog.com for more information on Howling at the Moon, the only organized night ride on the island.

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