2 Awesome Biki Routes in Honolulu

Go on bike tours across Waikīkī and check out historic sites of the city.
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Photo: Natalie Schack

 

We love our neighborhood Biki stations. And it’s not just because they offer a more eco-friendly way to get from here to there in Honolulu—sometimes, there’s no pleasanter way to see the city than by gliding by on a bike. Our favorite places to ride are shady and flat, part of the city’s bike infrastructure in neighborhoods with lots to see, where the mobility of an easy-to-maneuver two-wheeler beats out a bulky car any day. Did we mention it’s one of our favorite activities to do with visiting friends and family? Here are a couple of our favorite DIY Biki “tours” that get you outside and interacting with the city, in a fun way.

 

Waterfront Waikīkī

Start at station 328 right next to the Duke Kahanamoku statue, where the stretch of hotels on Kalākaua Avenue opens up to reveal oceanfront views. From there, the dedicated bike lane will take you on a gorgeous ride along the famous and bustling Waikīkī shoreline. Follow it all the way down east to the end of Kalākaua, past the San Souci grassy waterfront park areas until you get to the Waikīkī Aquarium and Biki station 518. Dock here, visit the aquarium, or have a quick bite at the excellent Barefoot Beach Cafe. Then head back the way you came, this time taking a right on Kapahulu Avenue. A few streets up you’ll want to snag that left onto Ala Wai Boulevard for another, different waterfront experience along the canal. This route also boasts a dedicated bike lane along the walking path. Across the water, you’ll see the green fields of the Ala Wai Golf Course and the Ko‘olau Range beyond, and watch for canoe paddlers practicing their strokes in the canal’s waters. Follow Ala Wai Boulevard to the very end, where you’ll hit Biki station 300. Dock here, then head to the Prince Waikīkī on foot, where you can treat yourself to sunset cocktails and a gorgeous view of the marina at the hotel’s rooftop Hinana Bar.

 

Historic Honolulu

Start at Biki station 402 near Thomas Square. Check out  the Sovereignty Restoration Day monument commemorating the end of the five-month occupation of Hawai‘i in 1843 by a rogue British captain, before heading downtown on the King Street protected bike path. Take in the brutalist Frank Fasi Municipal Building and shady tree-lined paths (perfect for biking), which will take you past the enigmatic Sky Gate by Isamu Noguchi, The Liberty Bell of Aloha, The Bell of Nagasaki and the Hawai‘i Law Enforcement Monument. Take a moment to walk your bike around the front of Honolulu Hale and visit the September 11th Eternal Flame monument. Cross at the crosswalk to the boulevard that threads between the unique dichotomy of architecture of the State Capitol and ‘Iolani Palace, passing the Queen Lili‘uokalani Statue on the path. Turn left at Richards Street to circle the palace, then left again at King Street to pass the majestic King Kamehameha statue just before you turn right on Punchbowl Street, ending at Biki station 125 right in front of historic Kawaiaha‘o Church and cemetery.