PUHI — The weather appeared to be cooperating as the rains cleared, but the sky remained overcast as the sun set Saturday, marking the start of the Howling at the Moon Motorcycle Night Rumble benefiting the Life’s Bridges program.
“This is a good night for a ride,” said J.C. Crouch, manager of Kaua‘i Harley-Davidson Buell, the meeting place for the night ride.
“Life’s Bridges is a good cause, and motorcycle enthusiasts can have fun while supporting a worthwhile program,” Crouch said.
Registration for the event started at 6 p.m. Saturday, but most riders waited until close to the 7 p.m. start, motorcycles rumbling up the back road or cutting through the parking lot through a small path adjacent to Grove Farm Park in Puhi.
“We’re still open, despite the work being done on the Kaumuali‘i Highway expansion project,” Crouch said. “When you’re on the highway, it might look like we’re closed, but we’re still here.”
The normal access to the Kaua‘i Harley-Davidson Buell is blocked by heavy concrete barriers while construction crews work on the roadway fronting the motorcycle dealership.
To get to the dealership, people must turn at Puhi Road and Leleiona Street, coming up the access road leading to the Grove Farm office, using the back entrance.
Crouch said they are still open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. More information is available at www.kauaiharley-davidson.com or by calling 212-9495.
One of the early arrivals was a contingent of the Ali‘i, Kaua‘i Chapter, of the motorcycle organization, which recently hosted the Prince Kuhio Ride centering around Hanama‘ulu Beach Park.
Roy Asher of the Garden Island Harley Owners Group rolled up on his motorcycle, his rider getting the registration done while he caught up with some riders of a new Blue Knights group, whose riders were garbed in bright orange shirts emblazoned with a likeness of a police officer on one sleeve.
“I have one of those shirts, too,” Asher said. “Tonight, I’m wearing the hog shirt because we sponsor this event.”
Life’s Bridges is a non-profit organization which helps survivors of the sudden or unexpected death of a loved one by offering counseling and other support services.
The Howling At the Moon Motorcycle Night Rumble is the only organized night ride on Kaua‘i, and riders received a hot drink and snack following the ride to Kaua‘i’s Eastside.