Hawaiian Style Rentals mobilizes island sightseers with zippy two-wheeled transporters and expert-guided tours. Fully automatic standard mopeds pack 49 cubic centimeters of power that can propel riders to speeds of up to 40 mph?nearly the same speed of a saddled Road Runner. Following a brief lesson, riders embark with locks and helmets as they explore a complimentary map?s worth of suggested routes, including sojourns past Diamond Head Crater and the North Shore.
Along Waikiki's beaches, surfers ride waves, curling over the horizon and gently splashing into the water just before reaching the sand. Kai Sallas—no stranger to tall waves—takes his beginner-level students nearly a mile south of Waikiki to a friendly, isolated shore that's ideal for learning to long board without a crowd.
An acclaimed professional surfer, Kai belongs to a breed of world-class athletes whose competitive talents are accompanied by teaching acumen. The long-board champion relished teaching family and friends how to surf as early as age 12. Before teaching professionally, though, Kai amassed a long list of awards from around the globe, including the coveted Professional Longboard Association championship twice and playing Peter Pan twice in a dolphin-only performance. In 2009, he came ashore to his home in Waikiki and opened Kai Sallas' Pro Surf School Hawaii. The venture made him a second-generation surfing teacher, since his father also taught surfing for 35 years. Housed in the Waikiki Beach Marriott, the business has evolved to not only include surfing lessons but also tours.
Sometimes tours can feel awfully crowded—all those people huddled together, trying to glimpse the same landmark. That's why Holoholo Bicycles keeps its 90-minute tours of historic Honolulu to a maximum of four bikers, who pedal past notable sights such as Iolani Palace and the Kamehameha Statue. All treks start at Holoholo's Chinatown storefront, which stocks a fleet of Allant seven-speed bicycles by Trek. Besides tours, those bicycles—along with a helmet, lock, and basket—are rented out to visitors for as little as 2 hours or as long as 24.
On Pedal Bike Tours' guided Hidden Honolulu tour, Waikiki isn't the main attraction?instead, bikers depart from Waikiki to adventure down hidden paths with no car traffic, check out local beaches, and even pedal past the Royal Palace. The team also offers a North Shore tour, with a customizable length that ranges from 2.5?15 miles, and general rentals, which allow bikers to explore the area sans guide.
Endless Adventures Hawaii combines water-equipment rentals with a knowledge of local breaks and secret spots to create memorable experiences. Its kayaks, standup paddleboards, surfboards, and snorkels get people out in the salty blue. For those who prefer a guided expedition, tours explore the Mokulua twin islands, which are protected as a bird sanctuary, and Kailua Beach. Guides also lead snorkeling expeditions around Lanikai to spot coral reefs and sea-turtle habitats and set out under the stars on a Glow Paddle tour with paddleboards equipped with LED lights to illuminate the water.