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Cruising For Good Causes

December 17, 2009 - Trisha Smith

Toys, kids, motor vehicles and military men—these are just a few of my favorite things.

What if I told you this weekend you have the opportunity to cruise along the picturesque coasts of Maui and celebrate with great people all while supporting a campaign for kids and our brave souls overseas and beyond?

There are two opportunities to take part in the cool runnings I just described this Sunday, Dec. 20—the “Maui Toy Run 2009” for motorcyclists and the “Toys for Troops and Tots” for moped enthusiasts.

Whether you prefer a joyride on a Harley, a Kawasaki or a Vespa, get ready to cruise for some good causes.

Join the Hell’s Chihuahuas of Ride Maui and many others as they present the “Toys for Troops and Tots” run this Sunday, Dec. 20.

Meet at Fred's Mexican Café in Kïhei at 9 a.m. for breakfast to kick off the shenanigans. They are asking everyone to bring an unwrapped toy or supplies for troops, or both.

After breakfast, they will head south around 11 a.m. This collaborative effort will scoot towards La Perouse with some breaks along the way.

Then, the crew will head back towards Kama‘ole Beach III for a beach barbecue party at 3 p.m. There will be a raffle at different spots along the way and at Kam III. Call 891-8644 for more information.

Last summer’s event brought together nearly 100 scooters—quite a sight. And, I heard it was a rocking good time!

If there are any still available on the island, I may rent a ride and join the festivities. There’s nothing like cruising with a buddy and making memories, and this scooter run helps out some great kids and our courageous men and women in active duty. Bonus!

Not to lecture, but be safe if you choose to join in on this event. I broke my collarbone after I flipped a moped a few years ago along the Honopi‘ilani Highway, so I know how fun and motor vehicles can be a painful and costly combo. Please take caution if you choose to ride and be smart. 

While Southsiders are scooting along on Sunday, some big-hearted bad boys and gals will be participating in the “Maui Toy Run 2009,” a toy drive organized by Street Bikers United Hawai‘i.

A proud part of the United States Marine Corps’ Toys For Tots program—which is administered on Maui by the Salvation Army—this motorcycle run helps bring the joy of Christmas to Maui County’s less fortunate children and families.

Toys for Tots began in 1947 when Major Bill Hendricks, United States Marine Corps Reserve and a group of Marine Reservists in California distributed 5,000 toys to needy children.

Marines have conducted successful nationwide campaigns at Christmas each year since it became a national campaign in 1948. The initial objective that remains the hallmark of the program today is to “bring the joy of Christmas to America's needy children.”

(Please visit for more information on this awesome effort for kids and to sign up for the Maui run this Sunday.)

All motorcycles and clubs are welcomed—Harley-Davidsons, Hondas, Ninjas, HOGs, Koa Punas, Kanakas and more all coming together. A beautiful thing.

Please bring new, unwrapped toys and meet at the Burger King parking lot on Ka‘ahumanu Avenue in Kahului at 9 a.m. Run leaves at 10 a.m.

This year, the bikers will be running a new route—heading towards Wailuku and then to Lahaina under a police escort, and finishing with a “Biker Banquet and Benefit Party” at Lulu’s Surf Club & Grill for some great people, food, fun, music and thousands of dollars in raffle items.

So, what are you waiting for? Get moving—time is of the essence! Shine up your bike, go rent one or borrow a friend’s so you can participate in these great events this Sunday, Dec. 20.

Vroom, vroom!


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