Halloween bike ride ready to roll

KAPAA — If your family is looking for a healthy alternative to trick-or-treating this Halloween, there might just be an activity perfect for you.

The East Side Pride Soccer Club will hold its inaugural Halloween Bike Path Costume Ride at 4 p.m. Sunday starting outside of the Kapaa Neighborhood Center where riders will then ride north onto Ke Ala Hele Makalae path.

It’s a free bike ride for anyone interested in dressing up in Halloween costumes. What started as a fun idea for the two girl soccer teams that Butch Keahiolalo coaches unexpectedly took off.

“Honestly, I was just riding the bike path a couple of days ago and just thought that this would be a cool place to do a costume run,” Keahiolalo said. “It was kind of an idea that hit me and all the girls on my soccer teams were interested and thought it would be fun. So it was gonna be something that we were just gonna do as a soccer club, but then I told a few guys who I ride bikes with about it and word spread pretty quick.”

Keahiolalo is an avid bicycler who enjoys using the multi-use path.

“It’s a healthy alternative to trick or treating,” Keahiolalo said. “It’s another way to celebrate Halloween in a healthy way. People can roller blade, roller skate, stroll your kids and walk. They can just come and enjoy the fun.”

Keahiolalo has already set his mind on continuing this ride for years to come.

“Next year will probably be bigger,” Keahiolalo said. “My kids were joking around that it would be cool if this was happening 100 years from now. It could get pretty crazy. I really don’t know how many people could come. Could be anywhere from 25 to 200 people.”

Cyclists 15 and under must wear helmets, although every participant is encouraged to wear one with their costume. The bike ride starts at 4 p.m. and will continue until 5:30 p.m.

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