Love and Support for Atomman

Written by: Sharon Keith, Gregory Robison, Les McElhaney, Mel Nakahata, Jay Nakandakare, Monique VanderAa, Tom Delaney, Lori McCarney, and Bob Bengtson

Update 11/1/23:

Scores of donations, both large and small, raised $11,370 to help our friend Atomman Kim recover from his recent crash. Funds will be used to help with any uncovered medical expenses, meal support, rehab, and lost income.
The fundraising effort is a wrap—THANK YOU! It is a huge understatement to say that Atomman is overwhelmed, humbled and incredibly grateful.
He hopes to be biking again around the beginning of the year. And, you might see him at the Aina Haina Starbucks meeting up with riders finishing the Tradewind Sunday Spin. Join the ride, starting at the Kapiolani Park fountain at 7:30am!
Mahalo nui loa. There is no question our cycling community is a caring and supportive ohana. And, the very best out there.
If you’d still like to make a donation to the cycling community, please visit HBL’s donation page.

Original post:

You may have heard that Atomman Kimm was in a serious cycling accident and was admitted to Queen’s on Saturday October 14th.  We don’t yet have a clear picture of what the road to recovery will likely be, but we know he will not be allowed to walk or drive for 6-8 weeks, and that his injury could take 6 to 12 months to heal.

Many of you have asked how you can help, so we have set up a way to raise funds for our dear brother Atomman.  Contributions are strictly voluntary. The purpose is to contribute to help lessen the temporary hardship to his health, mobility, basic needs and family.

Atomman has done so much for us and our community, we could never repay him in full.  This small gesture is but a token symbol of our unending love and support for him, knowing that there is nothing he wouldn’t do for his beloved friends in the cycling community.

We are hopeful that we will be able to provide the following (all purchases will be with Atomman’s input and agreement):

1. Meal augmentation to lessen the kitchen pressure (we started this week and he agreed)
    • Budget for 10 weeks of $640
2. A personal PC that can:
    • Run Zwift and other indoor training.
    • Process the rich troves of pictures Atomman has taken over the decades and will continue to do.
    • Budget: $2,000 including tax 
3. Support for medical expenses, ambulance co-pays, loss of income.
    • Budget up to $2,000 
4. Four months of membership to BaseCamp
    • Online web-based training that can be done indoors.
    • Led by expert cycling coaching staff.
    • Budget: $500


For your convenience, we have prepared 3 ways to give:

  1. The Tradewind Cycling Team website @
    • Click the new top menu item “Donations”, second from the left.
    • Follow the checkout process and enter any amount you would like to donate.
    • The process culminates using PayPal and will redirect you back the Tradewind Cycling Team website once complete. You will receive a receipt via email.

You don’t have to be a Tradewind Cycling Team member to donate. Guest checkout is allowed, so no need to register on the site.

  1. Direct PayPal payment via PayPal
    • If you have a PayPal account, you can login and send a payment to the Tradewind Cycling team account.
    • Once logged in to PayPal and on your personal PayPal dashboard, click the “Send” button.
    • Enter into the recipient box “”.
    • Follow the checkout process in PayPal, entering the amount you wish to donate.
  1. Cash or Check
  • Donations can be dropped off or mailed to The Bike Shop:

    The Bike Shop

    1149 S King St.

    Honolulu, HI  96814

    Attn: Tradewind Cycling Team

  • Make checks out to:  Tradewind Cycling Team

If you prefer, you may give your donation to your ride leader on any of the Tradewind rides. However, make sure it goes into the zippered pocket of their jersey so if it goes through the wash, it will be OK.


With Much Aloha, 

Sharon Keith, Gregory Robison, Les McElhaney, Mel Nakahata, Jay Nakandakare, Monique VanderAa, Tom Delaney, Lori McCarney, and Bob Bengtson

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Questions can be directed to Sharon Keith 808-221-9029

10/25/26 UPDATE


A lot has happened since Atomman suffered his crash earlier this month.  We are very happy to report that he has a plan of recovery, is moving himself off of pain medications, and is determined to do what it takes to recover as quickly as possible.  We know he’d like to be biking today, but the path will be a bit longer.  Thanks to you, it will be shorter than it would have been.  Your donations have put us over the goal we set to help cover medical expenses, rehab, meals and lost income.  And, the outpouring of love means so much to someone who doesn’t expect it or ever looks for it.  He is overwhelmed with all you’re doing for him and that’s giving him strength.
Although the $5,000 goal has been met—in fact we’re at nearly $7,000, we want to give anyone who would like to donate the opportunity to do so.  
These donation avenues will be open through the end of day, Sunday October 29:    
Thank you so very much for your love and support!  We’ll send out another update early next week with final results. There is no better cycling community than ours.
Your Teammates from the Tradewind Cycling Team