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Hele On Kakaako 5K Run promotes street safety


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May 2, 2013

Photo: courtesy hele on kakaako

You may have heard that the plans for the new Kakaako call for a shift from car-centric living to something a little more bike and pedestrian friendly. You can get a taste of the future next month at a street fair near the Kakaako Waterfront.

Promoting safe street transportation and healthy lifestyles, Cyclovia Hawaii—in conjunction with Cycle On Hawaii—hosts Hele On Kakaako this Mother’s Day, May 12th  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Kakaako.

Approximately 1.5 miles of streets from Kakaako Waterfront Park heading mauka to Halekauwila Street will transform into an open street event where families and friends can walk, bike, skate or if you’d like, cartwheel freely without interruption from motorized vehicles.

Originating in 1974 in Bogata, Colombia, Cyclovias (prounounced sik:la:vi:a) which are in essence car-free days are gaining more public attention on the Mainland and internationally.

“When Cyclovias transferred to the United States, it changed over to more of a promotion of physical activity. Each municipality has their own type of event. It’s a way to get people out on the roads, feeling comfortable riding,” says Cycle On Hawaii president Natalie Iwasa.

Hele On Kakaako is more than just bicycling. A list of family-friendly activities includes a 5K run at Waterfront Park, a BMX bike ramp and demo, bike polo, aerobics and dance classes, a Mother’s Day Brunch by celebrity chef Lee Anne Wong at TASTE, live music, food trucks, keiki obstacle course, bicycling educational courses for kids and adults, Cycle On Runway and bike show and more.

Another highlight of Hele On Kakaako will be a “Complete Streets” demonstration, which will run along Cooke Street. Presenting the design vision of what landowner Kamehameha Schools has for the Kakaako area, the “Complete Streets” demonstration will showcase a truly bike and pedestrian-friendly community which includes pop-up gardens and trees, seating areas, mini circles to slow car traffic.

“I am totally in awe of what has been put forth. This will give the city a real taste of what we can do,” says Iwasa.

May 12 at 10 a.m., free event, $30 individual registration for 5K Run or $30 mother and child registration for 5K Run, Kakaako Waterfront Park, cycloviahawaii.org


A professional writer for 10 years, Chris Fleck has covered a variety topics from history and sports to food and science. He currently is an adjunct professor at Hawaii Pacific University, teaching in both the communication and journalism departments. He is an avid runner and hiker and has embraced living in Hawaii since 2004.

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