PIHI heading to Paradise Ride Saturday

POIPU — Alex Cadiz and Angelo Catiggay of the Philippine Island Hawaiian Island bicycle club rode their bikes to Poipu on Sunday.

The pair from the road bicycling enthusiasts organization said they rode from Lihue to support their wives, who were participating in the 10K run at the Family Fun Run — a part of the Koloa Plantation Days celebration.

“We have to support,” Catiggay said. “They’re members of PIHI, so we come out.”

Catiggay, and his wife Lermo, said PIHI will also be out Saturday to support another PIHI member, Pat White, who has raised a fair amount of money for Malama Pono through the 2013 Paradise Ride.

“Pat is a good lady,” Catiggay said. “She supports a lot of people and does good things. But she has a goal of riding at least 50 miles while she’s still able to. This is something she hasn’t done yet.”

Catiggay said Saturday’s Paradise Ride is a 50-mile trip, starting from Island School at 8 a.m.

“We at PIHI will be riding to support Pat and the fundraising she has done for Malama Pono,” Catiggay said. “On Sunday, there is a 100-mile ride, but I don’t know who is going. All we know is that we’re riding Saturday to help Pat.”

Registration for the 2013 Paradise Ride can be done online at www.paradiseridekauai.com.

As the major fundraiser for Malama Pono Health Services, Paradise Ride Kauai is a fully supported 2-day bike ride on Kauai that will run on both Saturday and Sunday, states the Paradise Ride website.

There is a “Design Your Own Ride” feature, which allows riders to go as far as one’s capabilities, starting at 11 miles.

Sunday is the Century Ride, which takes cyclists on the South route and an extended East and North route for a challenging ride.

Riders also have an opportunity to earn prizes for fundraising. The top money producers have an opportunity to earn a Koloa Zipline pass for two, two rounds of Premier Golf at the Princeville Prince Golf Course, or Dine Around Kauai at various participating restaurants.

The overall top fundraiser through Aug. 31 has an opportunity to earn a two nights stay at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, valued at more than $1,000.

Riders wishing to support Pat White through the camaraderie of PIHI, or wishing to join more than 80 bicycle riders who have already registered for the annual ride can sign up by visiting www.paradisekauai.com.

Sponsors for the 2013 Paradise Ride include the Grand Hyatt Kauai; Cades, Schutte; the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative; Kukuiula Development Co.; Duke’s Kauai; Merriman’s; Kauai Coffee; Menehune Water; Hammer Nutrition; KQNG Radio Group; and Koloa Zipline.

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