The abrupt BEEP BEEP BEEP’s coming from a pack of cruising mopeds no doubt captures the spirit of a Hawaii vacation. It’s that carefree, wind-in-your-hair sort of attitude that screams a good time.

It’s no surprise, then, that one of the first things on a Hawaii visitor’s to-do list is to rent a moped. Whether it’s zoom-zooming through Waikiki or to the top of Mt. Tantlus, visitors manage to cover quite some distance on just two wheels.

Every so often, I’ll hear the BEEP BEEP BEEP’s and elongated ALOOOOOHA’s whiz past my house, which is on the way to the popular Tantlus lookout. Those welcoming sounds never fail to make me smile because I know someone out there is having a good time in Hawaii! Other vastly popular lookouts on Oahu include the Pali Lookout and Diamond Head lookout. Otherwise, you’ll see mopeds riding through the North Shore or Kailua.

For some visitors, renting a moped is more than just a leisurely way to spend the day; instead, it’s the choice of transportation for them, as mopeds are much cheaper than renting a car. Not to mention, you’ll spend less on gas. And with Hawaii’s welcomingly warm weather, there’s no need to worry about full coverage from the outdoor elements.

As with anything you do while on vacation, remember to follow the basic safety guidelines, such as wearing a helmet or buckling your seat belt when in a car. Riding a moped around the island can be the most thrilling things you’ll do while on vacation; however, it’s also one of the most dangerous. So have fun, but please be safe doing it!


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