If you are wondering what to do when it is a little too rainy on the north shore, why not take a 30 minute drive from Honu Point where you may walk or bike ride the Kapa’a Coastal Path. We do provide four bikes at our home but you most likely won’t have a vehicle that can carry them. Not to worry. There are several inexpensive bike rental facilities right in the heart of Kapa’a. They rent up-right, cruiser style bikes for a casual ride along the ocean’s edge.
After choosing your bikes, find the Kapa’a Coastal Path running along the coastline. At first you will ride by a neighborhood, just a block from the main road running through Kapa’a. Then, heading north, you will quickly find Kealia Beach, a beautiful stretch of sand along the highway where tourists and locals alike share the ocean swells.
Keep going around the point and you may find the path to yourself. It is mostly level (Yay!) and wide enough that passing other bicyclists is not a problem at all. There are covered picnic tables along the way where you may stop and have a bite to eat or simply watch the waves roll in. During the winter, when it’s whale season, you may spot a blow or, if you are lucky, see a humpback whale breach right out of the water causing quite a splash.
Along the way you will notice an old ruin protruding out from the coast into the water. It was a pier used for loading pineapples onto barges for market. It makes for a great photo opportunity.
Almost at the end of the four mile ride you will come across what use to be a nude beach until the path made it a little too accessible. Donkey Beach is picture perfect.
Just after Donkey Beach the trail ends and it is time to turn around. Once back in Kapa’a there are food trucks and restaurants for your indulgence. Or, better yet, cool off with an flavorful Hawaiian shave ice!
Here are a couple of short, visitor, YouTube videos I found online. I hope that you get a chance to enjoy this Eco-friendly biking activity during your stay on the Garden Island.
One of several places to rent bikes for the Kapa’a Coastal Path is Hele On Bike Rentals. They are located on Kuhio Highway in Kapaa, next to the Pono Market.
4-1302 Kuhio Highway, Kapa’a, HI 96746 Phone: (808) 822-4628
Hours: 11:00 to 5:00 daily, except Monday.
California Style Cruiser – Adult and Children
2 hours – $15.00
4 hours – $30.00
24 hour – $35.00
1 week – $120
2 HOUR RIDES
RESERVE FIRST RIDE 11:00 AM DEPARTURE
DOORS OPEN AT 10:45
RESERVE SECOND RIDE FOR 1:30 PM DEPARTURE
WALK INS ACCEPTED UNTIL 2:00 PM FOR 2 HOUR RIDES
Reservations accepted 24 hours in advance. Reservations required for multiple day rentals.
Tandem and Tag-a-Long
2 hours $35
4 hours $55
All Day $60
Also available: Multiple Gears, Road Bikes, Child Trailers, & Super Cruisers.
All rentals come with tote bag, kickstand, bell, lock and helmet (adults – optional)
Hele On provides only new and expertly maintained bikes. They replace their fleet every year.
Enjoy the views!
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