Motorcycle clubs celebrate 59th Labor Day races

Two motorcycle clubs have banded together to offer a weekend of motorcycle racing on Kauai.

Bertram Almeida, event coordinator, said the 59th annual Labor Day races will take place on Saturday at the Omao track and Sunday at the Wailua Moto Cross Track.

Hosted by the Garden Island Motorcycle Club, gates open to the Omao course starting at 7:30 a.m. with the races starting at 9 a.m.

“Brandon Kanei, the trailmaster, has carved out an amazing course,” Almeida said. “The Omao course has been closed to regular use while Kanei and his crew have been working on the course. We expect to have riders from all over, not just Kauai, coming to enjoy this year’s trail.”

A group of motorcycle enthusiasts gave birth to the GIMC in 1946 with Larry Andrade at the helm. Since that time, GIMC promoted the sport of motorcycling, instilling goodwill among its members and the public while organizing competitive events such as the Kauai Labor Day Hare and Hound race, which started in 1945, a year before GIMC was formed, states the club’s website.

He said GIMC will be hosting a Poker Run in addition to the traditional Hare and Hound Race.

“Riders have been asking for the Poker Run,” Almeida said.

“Normally, we just hold the Poker Run every two, or three years, but since riders have been asking for it, we’re adding it to the mix. It should add more excitement to the event.”

The two-day motorcycle event wraps up Sunday at the Wailua Moto Cross track hosted by Paul Medeiros and the Kauai Motorcycle Association.

“Following the Sunday event at the track, we’ll be hosting the awards ceremony,” Almeida said. “This is going to be an exciting weekend for everyone and the public is invited to visit.”

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