Hawaii Kai MotoMania, a new motorcycle gathering to be held every first and third Wednesday at Panda Express in Hawaii Kai, hopes to draw 150 to 200 motorcycle enthusiasts from all walks of life. "I've attended rallies like this in Los Angeles and Seattle, and thought we needed one here in Hawaii," said Abrams, who is the driving force behind this event. "I'd be sitting at Starbucks and I'd see 20 guys on bikes with no place to go. But now they do."
"I've hit the pavement trying to get word out about this," said Abrams, who drives a Suzuki Hayabusa GSX 1300R, the world's fastest bike which can reach speeds of up to 200 mph. "But once the word spreads, there's going to be a lot of energy."
Cordoned off with black-and-white checkered flags, the half dozen parking spaces will allow bikers to talk story, show off their "babies" and, of course, grab a plate of fried rice and a side of orange chicken, sweet-and-sour pork and chow funn before getting back on the road. (If you show your motorcycle keys, you'll get a 15-percent discount.)
"We want to create a Starbucks-like environment here," Zhang, Panda Express' area coach of operations, said. "We want people to come here to talk story. And now they can do this beyond the restaurant and into the parking lot."
For more information about MotoMania, contact Randal Abrams at (808) 221-9851.
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