Annual Hare & Hound, Poker Run races May 1

The annual Kapa Moke Jr. Hare & Hound and Poker Run races hosted by the Garden Island Motorcycle Club are set for Sunday, May 1 in Omao.

The hare and hound races will be an A class and B class for experienced riders and the poker runs will have a C and D class for beginners, said GIMC president Bertram Almeida.

“The hare and hound is an actual race. They got to go as fast as they can and get to the checkpoints, and whoever comes in first with all their checks wins,” Almeida said. “With the poker runs, they need to get their checks but they pull five cards. And whoever gets the best hand wins.”

The races are in memory of Kapa Moke Jr., who died in a swimming accident in 2012. He was 3 years old.

“If he was still alive, he would have been, I think, kindergarten or first grade this year. He would have been that age bracket,” Almeida said. “In honor of that, we’re going to give (the bikes) to kids around that same age — who would have been his classmates.”

Forty bicycles will be donated — 20 will be given to child riders at the event, and 20 will be donated to local elementary schools Kekaha, Koloa, Eleele, and King Kaumualii in Hanamaulu.

Riders will sign up the morning of the event. The gates will open at 6:30 a.m. and registration begins at 7 a.m. Fee is $35 for adults and $20 for children 12 years old and younger. Forms are available at Kauai Harley-Davidson store in Lihue and Suzuki Kauai in Puhi, Almeida said.

A $2 parking fee will be charged for those who wish to attend and watch.


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