Play A group of current and former Bike Works Kona employees gathers for a recent shop ride. Farran Hart, the shop’s manager, who is organizing the Ride For Lahaina on Aug. 20, is pictured second from the left. (Photo courtesy of Farran Hart) Farran Hart, manager of Bike Works Kona in Kailua-Kona, was in Lāhainā about a year ago. He only spent three days there, which is the most time he had spent in the historic West Maui community since moving to Hawai‘i 8 years ago.
His memories from the trip aren’t about buildings or other physical landmarks. They are about the people.
“What I do remember specifically about Lāhainā was the kindness everybody showed,” Hart said Thursday. “That was the one thing that really stood out. … I can imagine I’m not the only one to feel that way.”
Now, he gets to return that kindness by supporting the community during its darkest hour.
Two initiatives through Bike Works Kona and two other Big Island bike shops, all owned by Grant Miller, are aimed at helping the people of the Valley Isle community that was razed last week by the deadliest wildfire in the United States in the past 100 years. As of Aug. 17, the death toll remained at 111.
Miller’s three bike shops, which also include Bike Works Beach & Sport in Waikōloa and Bike Works Mauka in Waimea, have started the Bikes For Lāhainā collection drive. The shops are accepting donations of gently used, in working condition bicycles that will […]