Now Legal to Obtain: First Medical Cannabis Dispensaries Open in August

By Christopher Garcia
Ka Lā staff writer

Two dispensaries in Hawai’i were approved in the first week of August to sell medical cannabis to qualified patients, 17 years after Hawaiʻi first OK’d the use of it for medicinal purposes.

The dispensaries that were approved were Maui Grown Therapies on Maui, and Aloha Green on O’ahu. Six more cannabis dispensaries are awaiting approval.

Hawaiʻi was one of the first states to approve the use of medical cannabis, 17 years ago. Until now, Hawaiʻi residents registered as medical marijuana patients have had no legal way to buy the drug.

For everyone else, however, the use of cannabis (the preferred professional and cultural term for marijuana), remains illegal in Hawaiʻi on the federal level.

Hawaiʻi law requires all qualified patients to be registered with the Medical Cannabis Registry Program before they begin to use cannabis for medicinal purposes. The registration process begins when an appropriately licensed physician certifies that the patient has a health condition that can benefit from medical cannabis. The patient is registered when the Department of Health issues a “329 Registration Card.” The department’s goal is to issue the patient’s 329 Registration Card in a timely manner so that patients can begin or continue to legally use medical cannabis.

To qualify for a 329 Card, one must either have a “debilitating medical condition” or “a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition” recognized under the law. This is done via screening from a certified medical cannabis consultant. The process can take an average of 32 days, but there are several welcoming consultants that help applicants through it.

One such person is Paul Klink, founder and certified medical cannabis consultant for the Honolulu Wellness Center. His clinic provides screening for patients and helps them fill out the necessary forms. He can also “legally give you recommendations about variety to mitigate your symptoms or ailment, to what you can expect.”

The Department of Health is also required to provide law enforcement officials with limited access to the Medical Cannabis Registry Program’s database as a tool to safeguard the community against illegal cannabis use and/or illegal cannabis grow sites.

Until now, it was legal for people with a medical cannabis card to have and use it, but they werenʻt able to buy it legally until the state changed the law in 2015.

The Hawaiʻi Department of Health’s Office of Health Care Assurance oversees the dispensary licensure program to monitor the quality of the cannabis products from seed to sale. This includes statewide oversight of the laboratories that test the safety and quality of the cannabis and manufactured cannabis products, and monitoring of the dispensaries that will grow, manufacture, and sell the products to qualified patients.

Advocates of medical cannabis have hailed the dispensary program as a major breakthrough. The goal of the dispensary licensure program is to make medicinal products readily available to registered patients while balancing the health and safety of patients and the public.

Hawaiʻi approved its first laboratory in August to begin testing samples of medical cannabis.
Steep Hill Hawaiʻi, a Honolulu-based firm, was granted a provisional certificate after successfully demonstrating a “capacity and proficiency to test cannabis” and make sure marketed products are in compliance with state law.

“Certification follows a rigorous scientific process that requires meticulous attention to detail and constant refining to ensure product and patient safety,” said Chris Whelen, chief of DOH’s state Laboratories Division.

The change in the law holds significant impacts to its supporters — the patients, the medical professionals, and the dispensaries.

Klink does not just send patients on their way after they complete their application. He says, “you’re part of our ohana.”

He is extremely passionate about his work, saying that “seeing you smile and seeing you happy is what [he is] doing this for.”

One of his patients was a “23-year-old, confused autistic child, [who] never said a word of English in his life,” Klink says, “Two days later, [the patient] looks at his dad and calls him ‘dad.’ ”

He recounted another moment when he went to one of his patient’s funerals. At the funeral’s end, the patient’s son said to Paul, “Uncle Paul, thank you for getting my mom out of the opiate cloud and giving her back to us with giggles and conversations for the last three weeks.”

Klink is a patient, as well. He has hypoxia (low oxygen), “many” cardiac implants, and had his thyroid removed due to cancer. Klink says, “The only reason I’m sitting in front of you, I believe, is because of Cannabis.” He also says that “…it’s not as good as as the proponents want you to believe it is, it’s not as bad as the detractors want you to believe it is, but it’s really good for what it’s good for…”

When legalized in 2000, Klink got his 329 Card to try Cannabis. He says, “A few years later, I was able to stop all opiates and use cannabis exclusively to mitigate Level Ten pain all the time.”

Me Fuimaono-Poe, founder of the Malie Cannabis Clinic, also certifies patients for medical cannabis use. She says that she wants to create a “comfortable and safe environment” for her patients as they go through their applications. This is to ensure that patients are relaxed and comfortable enough to talk about sensitive issues.

Majestic Mantas of the Kona Coast, Big Isle

Eddie Meza

I received a call early one evening from former divemaster-student-turned-ohana, Michelle Nicotre. She informed me that there was a dive that has been on her bucket list for years, and that it was time to see it through. Michelle, a wild card, is the type of person that dives head first to achieve her dreams and I for one was not about to miss out on one of her classic shenanigan-laced adventures.

Her dream was the famed Manta Ray night dive on the big island of Hawaii.

Manta rays in their current form have been around for 20-25 million years. Humans, on the other hand have been in our current form for 200,000 years. It seems that as far as mantas go, there is no need to fix what isn’t broken. They also happen to be one of the more mysterious ocean dwellers as further research is being conducted on these amazing rays.

Night dives, by far my favorite kind of dive, ominous, perplexing and a true test of one’s ability to keep calm, as I personally have found myself face to face with some of the oceans more, let’s say “grumpy” characters in their prime hunting hours (admittedly my fault in, ahem, most of those cases). If you have never been on a night dive, do yourself the favor and make it happen. Done safely, it’s mind blowing, diving a spot that you have dove multiple times suddenly seems new and unexplored. The only visible area is the conical illumination of your torch (dive light), you never really know how vulnerable you are in the ocean until you have no idea what may be swimming next to you (que jaws theme music).

The Big Island, one of the more unpredictable Islands of Hawaii, it has much to offer through its lands and eco systems. With active volcanos and running lava, to black sand beaches tied in with mountains that you can ski or board, this island has something for everyone. But I want to take a second to say this, landing on the Big Island was a big wake up call to understanding what Hawaii truly feels like. It’s hard to explain but it’s what’s called Aloha, go there, you’ll know what I mean the second your slippers hit the ground, its indescribable.

Back to the dive. The manta ray dive is on the Kona Coast of the Big Island, and there are plenty of well-established dive operations ready to accommodate this dive, so do some research before making the trip and decided what’s right for you. We went with Kona Honu Divers, for no reason in particular, other than it’s was the only company that wasn’t completely booked, but let me tell you, from the perspective of a Master Instructor, this operation was top notch. I was very impressed with the knowledgeable, friendly and professional staff; and trust me, I am one to scrutinize an operation, especially one that I drop big bucks on (total cost of the trip). The boat was immaculately clean and the captain (A great guy), ran a tight operation. Small things that you might not notice unless you have worked in the industry like the organization and storage of the lead weights were a welcome observation and shows an attention to detail that many other operations that I have encountered allow to fall though the grates. For those with their own gear and advanced training as myself you may have noticed that some operations will be less then accommodating to your level of diving as we tend to enjoy instruction at a distance (Advanced Divers and above in my experience are like vegans, they can wait to tell you). This was not the case here. I was left to my own devises as I travel with my own gear, and the staff was aware of my status as an instructor, but were more than happy to answer any questions I had. All in all, I was very impressed with this dive operation, and don’t forget to tip the crew and captain guys, it’s no easy job and were not getting rich any time soon, truly a labor of love this industry. And I feel it’s appropriate to mention that the boat was killer fast!

The dive preceding the mantas was in a word underwhelming, but this is from the eyes of someone that dives clear Hawaiian waters on the regular, so this was a routine dive for Michelle and I. Although, if you are traveling from a land locked area, this dive is a relaxing opportunity to get back into gear with buoyancy and controlling your breathing rate. You have the option for a one tank dive that is focused on the manta dive, but if your bones have dried out, I recommend the 2 tank dive starting at 4pm to 9:15 pm to reacquaint yourself with the ocean. As always, play it safe my friends.

The Manta dive itself starts as the sun disappears and the night sky takes over. The boat was full of anticipation as the staff gave there dive brief. As we geared up, you could see the bright blue LED’s (Light Emitting Diodes) they use to attract the plankton eluminating the water. For me, the feeling of jumping into new unknown waters at night is a feeling I have truly come to love. My heart fills with excitement, anticipation and a healthy dose of adrenalin, I just love that feeling. As you descend, your eyes are drawn to the bright LED lights they use as they make everything look like a blue dream, the bubbles take on a blue glow with every breath you take, your dive buddy looks like they’re glowing, and I feel like I need to convey this clearly…everything looks like a dream…that’s the best way I can put it, I truly wish I could convey this properly but that’s the best I can do, truly a dream. Everything is very Jacques Cousteau meets Electric Forest.

As we settled in we were led to the LED lights, they set them up like a camp fire with rocks surrounding the lights and you are directed to take a position around the underwater “camp fire”. As I settled in I had a great time playing with the elimunated bubbles from my regulator, and watching the curious fish visiting to see what all the hubbub was about.

The LED’s are used to attract the plankton that, in turn, attract the hungry mantas (Sorry plankton, food chain and all). We waited in anticipation for what seemed like hours as my mind recanted that, while rare, sometimes the mantas don’t show up at all and we certainly did not want this anomaly to occur that night.

But after abut 15-20min the plankton formed a thick cloud around us as the first manta ray appeared from the abys, like a shadow emerging from the darkness. The feeling is of seeing one of these amazing creatures for the first time is indescribable and truly must be experienced for oneself.

The Manta Ray was enormous, about 12-13ft in wingspan and was incredibly graceful. The manta ray didn’t seem to mind us or our bubbles as they glided and dove overhead. As we kneeled there mesmerized by this manta ray, another one joined us for the night.

They say that at times, 10 to 13 can show up but that 2 mantas is truly a treat. The way they glide together, it almost seems choreographed, impossibly complex yet graceful. Something you can truly appreciate with just two Mantas.

I remember looking over to Michelle and wondering why she wasn’t moving, she froze next to me like a statue for some time. I eventually got her attention and exchanged a smile and nod, letting me know she was just fine (a great feeling that two friends can share without words). I was later to find out that she was in fact crying tears of joy, and was frozen in amazement (yes, it’s that incredible). So add crying to the list of things that are possible to do underwater along with sneezing and…..other things ; ) no not dirty things.

As the dive came to an end it was hard to accept that I was running out of air and couldn’t stay with my new manta buddies, but the ocean is not our world, and we are only allowed to visit.

As we left the dive site packing our gear, the boat was full of laughter and divers talking about how incredible the dive was, what I like to call the “afterglow” of a great dive. I took the opportunity to hang out on the bow of the ship looking out at the pitch-black ocean in front of me. As I gazed at the stars I recalled the words of -Nietzsche- If thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee”. When would I come back, and to what lengths would I go to achieve this level of dive again?

As for the rest of the trip I recommend the helicopter tour, ever seen lava, me neither until that day, shiz is crazy. The black sand beach is a treat and don’t miss the great scenery at the parks. Make the most of it, get out of the hotel and chain store shopping areas and go enjoy the real Hawaii. Hit up the small shops and local artists, you know, support the people that make Hawaii great.

Ok divers thanks for reading and I hope to see you out there some day, keep diving and stay salty ; )

Special thanks to my good friend and Divemaster Michelle for making this possible and to the team at Kona Honu Divers for there great dive operation. And why not U-Haul as well, there were no more cars to rent so my divemaster Michelle had the genius idea to rent a U-Haul van, actually a great move!

Student ACCESS Provides Equal Access for All

Larry L. Medina

For a student with a disability who might find college life difficult to approach, support from Student ACCESS makes the college transition easier.

Student ACCESS (Academic Accommodations, Confidentiality, Case-by-Case, Equity, Standards, Services) is run by Cassandra Y.I. Kam, Disability Specialist, and Beth Nishimura, Instructional and Student Support Specialist, up on the third floor of Kaukahoku (Building 7) and “is charged with ensuring that all the students have equal access to the same educational facilities and programs that any other student would have on the campus,” said Kam.

Kam feels that “education is the key, because a lot of people are afraid of what they don’t know. If they had an understanding of it (disabilities), then it’s not the stereotype that people believe it is. Knowledge dispels stigma.”

“There’s still that stigma that if your disabled, it means that you are blind or in a wheelchair, and (people) don’t know or understand that many disabilities are non-visible. ‘You don’t look like a disabled person’ is what’s said a lot,” said Jonz Stoneroad, HonCC student representative to the Committee on Disability Access (CODA). Student ACCESS is humbly working to turn the tide against that stigma.

Student ACCESS examines barriers in the academic environment and makes available appropriate aids and support services. These include on-campus parking authorization, equipment loans (digital recorders, audio amplification devices), sign language interpreters, class materials in alternative formats (i.e. braille, audio recordings, larger printed format), chairs and adjustable-height desks, notetakers, testing accommodations, scribes, accessible computer workstations, registration assistance/program advising/course selection/credit loads and academic counseling, and note-takers.

Students submit documentation to Student ACCESS of any physical, mental, or other learning disability from licensed medical or testing persons (i.e. physician) to be evaluated for eligibility for services. Students can self-refer to Student ACCESS. College staff and faculty may also suggest a referral to a student. Student identity is kept in confidence and not revealed to instructors, other college staff, or students.

Student ACCESS provides services to students throughout the regular academic year and during the summer session as well. As Student ACCESS prepares for the Fall 2017 semester, Kam said they would be working with the new incoming students who apply and qualify for services to determine what their individual needs are. Nishimura takes on additional responsibilities, where notetakers are needed in particular classes; if sign language interpreters need to be contracted; if creating captions for videos or transcripts are needed.

Nishimura said that “no one department demands more services from ACCESS than another. It all depends on the semester. It is individualized for each person.” The number of students vary by semester, from anywhere between 60 – 160.

College staff and faculty are regularly updated by Student ACCESS on what services the department provides, and provided specialized workshops, ex. working with different learners and introduction to disabilities. Student ACCESS provides such workshops to other student support departments including CARE, TRiO-SSS, and the various campus tutoring centers.

Student ACCESS works with CODA, made up of different departments and student representatives, who meet regularly to discuss disability access issues at the college, staff/faculty/student concerns, and how to resolve them.

One example is the current renovation of the Science Building (Building 5). “How people are going to have access to the classrooms (during ongoing construction)” said Kam. “[Students] need second floor access – elevators? During construction [there’s] dust, vibration, etc.” that could affect the learning of students.

Student ACCESS was originally located in the Science Building, and was asked if they wanted to return once the renovations are complete. “It’s better if we stay here [in Building 7, 3rd Floor] because most of the services and interactions we do here are on the same floor (as) testing and tutoring, CARE, TRiO-SSS, so it’s convenient for the students” to have centralized services on a single floor.

The MELE Magician behind the Magic

Janica Marie Pascua
Ka Lā staff writer

Many music listeners pay attention to the voice, lyrics, or beat structure of a song, but few rarely wonder how it all comes together to sound just right.

That’s the job of people like James Ho, a recent audio engineer graduate of HonCCʻs MELE (Music Entertainment and Learning Experience) Program. Audio engineers are the magicians behind the magic of music.

After switching his major from Liberal Arts to the MELE Program, Ho’s love for creating, learning, and recording different music styles was solidified.

He said that he had “good technical understandings,” and found himself genuinely interested in the audio production side, versus the music business side. He was fascinated by the concepts that were being taught to the students, from signal flow to miking techniques that give listeners a sound that truly peaks their interest.

His passion for music and audio go hand in hand, making the MELE program a playground where he can play with and learn various techniques while improving his skills.

“I prioritize school above work, so the days I don’t have school, I work,” Ho said. “But when I get off early enough from work, I go straight to the studio.”

Every chance he gets, he’s in a studio, applying different techniques he’s picked up. When he learns something new, he immediately tries to get his hands on the gear to try it out. After he’s practiced a technique, he likes to experiment with them on different projects.

“I want to be remembered as that insane guy who was experimental in his learning, doing crazy things that were not normally done,” he says. Once he learns techniques, he also helps other students understand the concepts as well, and this, in turn, gets other students more interested and involved with the work, and helps reinforce what he’s been practicing.

As much as he loves the studio and audio concepts, he says it’s the relationships he’s made in the program that made this experience more worthwhile.

“Whatever I did with my friends in the program is what made it memorable and special. That is what it all boils down to,” he said. “I could do all this cool stuff in MELE, but without my peers, it would be just another class, [and I would] just be going through the motions for a degree.”

After graduation he would like to work in a larger studio and possibly do audio work for movies. He would like to own a studio of his own, titling it “Crown,” where he would be recording worship music and more. He hopes “to be able to work with [his] friends and have a top artist come in [his] studio and rent it out.”

One day, when you’re listening to a hit track, look at the credit list of those who made the magic happen – and you may just stumble over his name, James Ho.

Domestic Violence Action Center Helps Victims of Abuse

Photo: Chelsea Stewart is HonCC’s campus survivor advocate.

Chris Garcia

Students and faculty can now seek help with domestic violence issues through the Domestic Violence Action Center on campus.

The center is an Oahu-based non-profit, advocacy and legal agency that provides long- and short-term assistance on domestic violence.

The center helps the college community via the Survivor Advocate Program, which provides “advocacy services for gender-based violence impacting the campus community.” Chelsea Stewart is HonCC’s campus survivor advocate.

A “campus survivor,” she explains, is someone who is currently experiencing or has experienced domestic violence in the past. Stewart, who works at HonCC and Windward CC, helps “anyone from the university system,” including students, faculty, staff, and administration.

Stewart graduated Chaminade University, obtaining her BS degree in criminology and Criminal Justice and MS degree in Criminal Justice Administration.I’m a proud Feminist, so Feminism and crime, women’s issues…DVAC combined all of my passions into one,” she said.

Stewart defines domestic violence as “when one person tries to take control over another person or persons.” She emphasizes that domestic violence does not just involve physical abuse; emotional, financial, and sexual Violence, as well as Isolation, all play a part in violence and abuse.

The center has observed various possible controlling/abusive behaviors “on-campus and in college dating relationships.” Some of these behaviors include the forcing of a partner to pick between them and their friends /family (Isolation) and transferring to a partner’s class to watch them (academic abuse).

“I’m a confidential resource…I’m not going to report to anyone on the campus what I talk to you about,” she said. Her phone number is (808) 294-5483. Her office is in Building 6, Room 7. Stewart’s office hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

DVAC can only directly help people on the island of O’ahu. To become a client, one must contact Stewart or call the DVAC helpline at (808) 531-3771 to get a full assessment. This is done to figure out the caller’s situation. DVAC staff then determines whether or not a person is a victim of Domestic Violence.

The centerʻs specific focus is on “domestic violence and intimate partner relationships,” including boyfriend/girlfriend, husband/wife, and same-sex relationships. The relationship must be intimate, though. She also says that DVAC provides “assistance and brief services to people that are in other forms of Domestic Violence situations,” such as familial disputes. Long-term services, however, are only available for “…victims in those intimate relationships.”

Legal service attorneys only assist in family court, known criminal court, and small claims. They help with divorce, paternity, family court temporary restraining orders (TRO), and post decree representation. Stewart also says that DVAC’s case management “is similar to what social workers do…we try to turn victims into survivors.”

DVAC Advocates cannot give legal advice to victims. However, they can explain the legal system and give out pertaining information. Advocates can also accompany victims to court to provide emotional support. DVAC does have legal service attorneys, however.

A major counseling program for DVAC is Ho’oikaika ‘Ohana, a “Native Hawaiian cultural therapy support group.” The program is tailored to help Native Hawaiian families by utilizing “culturally responsive trauma-informed program services.” Stewart says former victims in college who are “still dealing with the emotional side of their abuse” can call the DVAC helpline to meet with a Ho’oikika support group.

Other DVAC programs that give awareness, prevention and help include (but not limited to): DV Action Ready (for employees of a business or company), Safe on Scene (tailored for victims at the scene of a Domestic Violence incident), and the Teen Alert Program (provides workshops to colleges, private high schools, and public high schools).

If clients cannot get direct service from DVAC, they will always refer people to other organizations that can help. Stewart says, “Sometimes our wait list can be really long,” due to their limited number of attorneys. However, she expresses that they do their best to give direct service or refer anyone seeking help to other organizations.

Stewart is currently trying to inform the campus community about DVAC and Domestic Violence Awareness. She has already contacted different campus programs, such as TRIO-Student Support Service and the College Achievement and Retention Experience (C.A.R.E.). She said, “October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so I’m hoping to maybe to do some stuff on the campus during that period.”

Grab a Biki and Go Bike!

Larry L. Medina

This summer I took my personal bike around Waikiki to check out the Biki bike scene, which had just come online in late June. And it just so happened that my bike suffered a flat near the Waikiki Aquarium. The nearest store that sold any spare inner tubes or tools (I had neglected, of all days, to bring these with me this day) was nearly two miles away at Don Quijote. I could walk over, which would take me an hour, but spying a rack of Biki bikes across the way at Kapiolani Park, I thought, what the hell, I’ll give it a shot. I’ll take a Biki bike over to Don Quijote, pick up what I need and dash back to repair my bike.

Bikeshare Hawaii, the guys who implemented this Biki bike scheme, has deployed 1,000 teal-colored, slightly odd-looking but distinctive bikes at nearly 100 stations strategically placed through Waikiki and Downtown Honolulu. They’re also in Chinatown and Kaka’ako.

Automated kiosks, ATM-style, stand vigil over adjoining racks of 11 bikes for whoever wants to take one out for a spin. The kiosks take credit/debit cards, and ask for your name, phone number, and then (sit down, folks) a $50 security deposit which is refundable once you return the bike to any station you please. And if you don’t? Well, there’s a warning sticker on the bike that says Biki will charge you $1200 for it (they already have your credit card number, remember?).

The kiosk gave me a receipt with a code on it, which I used to punch in at the bike rack to unlock/release the bike I chose.

I opted for a $20/300-minute pass, which I could use anytime I wanted. Biki bikes can be rented out a half-hour at time at $3.50; the Biki system tracks your time, and if you go over before returning the bike to any station you please, you will be charged another $3.50 – so that’s $7 an hour that’s NOT pro-rated. There’s a $15/month pass that allows for unlimited 30-minute rides, with that $3.50/half-hour overage fee kicking in if you ride past those 30-minute time blocks. Same goes for the $25/month unlimited pass, but allows for rides up to 60 minutes per.

There’s an app where prospective riders can buy these passes, bypassing the kiosks altogether. No paper receipts – the bike release code shows on the phone. The app also shows a map of all the bike stations, how many bikes there are at each.

Biki recommends wearing a helmet; Hawai’i state law doesn’t require it, but hey, why not play it safe?

I didn’t feel too self-conscious riding one of these dorkish-looking bikes through Waikiki, since I spotted other riders on Biki bikes apparently using them for their intention: either for recreation or to get from A-B. I assumed most people were riding them just out of curiosity and for the novelty. I got smiles from drivers and kind knowing gazes from pedestrians.

The bikes themselves have three speeds to tackle any slight inclines or declines (Honolulu’s urban streets are pretty flat, anyway), and a bell to warn pedestrians you are approaching (I doubt however if the bell is loud enough for someone in a car to hear). The tires are big and fat to absorb the bumps, cracks and potholes of our somewhat-maintained roads. The bikes are outfitted with front lights for visibility and even a rear brake light. The seat height is fully adjustable.

I got a little anxious when it was time to return the Biki bike: the rental station where I had originally picked it up was full, as was the the next two stations I found nearby. I finally found a station inside Kapiolani Park itself with a few empty spaces I could dock the bike back into.

My thoughts from an economic standpoint? Renting out a bike only works if you live close to a rental station, and only if renting occasionally, say once every couple weeks. It would cost $91 a year if you rented out a Biki bike twice a month at $3.50/ride. $91 also gets you a decent bike from Walmart, which you get to keep forever and get to ride it whenever you want to.

If you’re a student that lives in the Waikiki/downtown Honolulu area, you wouldn’t want to rent a Biki bike daily just to go to school, since there’s no station here on campus to dock the bike and preserve your minutes (minutes would be used while locked up at one of the campus bike racks). Even if one subscribed to the $25 monthly plan just to get commute anywhere between Chinatown and Waikiki, it would amount to $300 in a year – enough to buy THREE bikes from Walmart.

I can see where Biki would be a hit with tourists: they’re in sunny Waikiki, and want to tour the streets near their hotel at their own pace; maybe haul out to Ala Moana Center for some shopping, or take a ride around Diamond Head for the views, or down Kapahulu Ave for some eats. If a tourist just stays a week, then the $3.50 rides will no more impact their vacation budget than the overpriced $9 meal combos out of the Waikiki McDonald’s.

If you’re a local who has no inkling on owning a bike, and just want to ride around Ala Moana Beach Park for some recreation while the rest of your clan has that once-every-summer picnic, then renting a bike makes financial sense. You also don’t have to worry about bike maintenance, registration fee, or theft.