Healthy Halloween

KAPAA — When Elsie Frazier, 5, found out about Sunday’s Halloween costumed bike ride, she turned herself into a rainbow unicorn on two wheels for the big event.

“It was her idea to come,” said her dad, Mark Frazier, who had an inflatable dolphin strapped to his back. “She’s a rainbow unicorn and I’m a dolphin tour. I’m giving the dolphin a tour of the humans.”

Frazier and his daughter heard about the event, hosted by the East Side Pride Soccer Club, from the soccer coach who organized it all — Butch Keahiolalo.

“It’s a healthy alternative to all the other Halloween stuff,” Frazier said.

That was the main reason Keahiolalo wanted to organize what he called a first annual event. The idea came to him only four days before he joined about 30 people who walked, biked, rollerbladed and otherwise made their way north up the Ke Ala Hele Makalae path on Sunday afternoon.

“Next year maybe we’ll have it on Halloween as something to do for the first hour and a half or so before you go trick-or-treating,” Keahiolalo said. “I work in Lihue and sometimes I bike to and from work, and I thought of this on my commute on Tuesday.”

He told his soccer team and everyone jumped on board.

“It kind of took off and next thing I know, the word had spread,” Keahiolalo said.

The group took on the path for about an hour and a half on Sunday, pausing for pictures and enjoying the gusty tradewinds as they proactively worked off some of the sugar expected to be collected during today’s Halloween activities.

“It’s also a great way to encourage use of this path,” Frazier said as he took off with the rest of the group. “We bike and walk this a lot, but everyone should use it. It’s great for this community.”

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