Hawaii Bicycling League Board of Directors


Joshua F. Powell, President

Revolusun Owner / Architect / General Contractor

Interest in cycling: Raced USCF as a junior and through 1st year of college – CAT3. Have been passionate about cycling all my life and care deeply about the rights of cyclists and creating a safe sustainable future for cycling in Hawaii.

Goals as a HBL Board Member: I believe it is important to contribute to society where you are most passionate. My primary goal as an HBL board member will be to advocate for safer and more bike friendly roadways and pathways in Hawaii. Honolulu is a global city and needs to catch up to global standards for cycling access. I will also seek to use my business and community relationships to find alignment in other like-minded organizations to enhance the public support and awareness of cycling and its benefits in Hawaii.

Patricia Johnson, Vice President

“As a kid growing up in Southern California, I had an adult sized womens Schwin my Dad had adapted with wooden blocks on the pedals where I had to ride standing up. I would ride for hours with my buddies, free and without supervision. I still remember the joy of those rides! At age 62, in 2006, Lance Amstrong inspired me to get a bicycle, and needless to say, I got hooked. I have ridden 74,00 miles since then.

In 2007 I moved to Hawaii to care for my mother. I met some great people cycling in Hawaii who together with me started the Red Hot Ladies Cycling Club and two HBL rides, Monday’s Start the Week Off Right and Kailua for Brunch, that continue to grow in popularity. My interest in expanding the role of cycling in Hawaii took me to becoming a League Cycling Instructor, joining the HBL Board in 2016 and to currently serve as the Vice President of the Board and a member of the Nominating committee. The highlight of my week is welcoming new and renewing members of HBL and discussing the great work HBL is accomplishing.

Going forward I am committed to growing our membership and establishing a robust fund raising committee. I will work with the board and our Executive Director to enhance the effectiveness and results of HBL for all of our members.”

Pattie Dunn, Secretary

Academic Services School of Pacific & Asian Studies/Asian

Interest in cycling and HBL: I used to commute by bicycle to UH-Manoa as a student. I didn’t get back on my bike until I turned 50 and someone foolishly suggested that I try doing triathlons. I discovered I have a fear of open deep water, don’t like to run but loved being on the bicycle. I had a wonderful coach in Eve DeCoursey, former Executive Director of HBL and wanted to be like Eve in her passion to make bicycling doable for everyone. As a result, I helped to co-found the Red Hot Ladies ride group for women 50+, helped to establish the UH-Manoa bicycle committee, a member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Bicycling.

Goals as a HBL Board Member: I see more and more cyclist on the roads not just as athletes but as commuters. I don’t want to be one of those people who commiserate on how bad the roads are and how un- safe it is for cyclist. I want to make a difference and serving on the board of directors of HBL is one of the ways I can do this. I want to see HBL as a strong voice for all cyclist in the state. An inclusive rather exclusive organization.

Gary Gill, Treasurer

“As a bicycle advocate and commuter for decades, I have served on the HBL board for the past few years and am eager to continue this important work for another term. Way back In 1969, I attended a bike rally in Honolulu as a kid on a single-speed and have been a dedicated cyclist ever since. As a member of the City Council in the 1980’s I introduced and saw passed the measure that created the Bicycling Coordinator position for Honolulu. Much later, while working for a community-based nonprofit, I helped create KVIBE (Kalihi Valley Instructional Bike Exchange), an organization that continues to train and motivate young riders in urban Honolulu. As the State’s Environmental Health Director, I helped to secure public funding to start the BIKI bike share system in Honolulu. In the coming years, I hope to continue to advocate for the expansion of a safe bike transportation system in Honolulu and work to make the Hawaii Bicycling League even more effective in fulfilling its mission.”

Jack Barile

Assistant Professor of Psychology University of Hawaii at Manoa

Interest in cycling and HBL: I have been a member and volunteer with the Hawaii Bicycling League since moving to Oahu in the fall of 2012. Over this time, I have served as a HBL Friendship Rider for Zachary Manago’s Ride in Paradise and the Honolulu Century Ride, volunteered for the Oahu Bike Count, and recently became an HBL Bike Ambassador. I am an active cyclist/triathlete and community volunteer committed to improving conditions for cyclists in Hawaii.

Goals as a HBL Board Member: I am community psychologist interest- ed in the social and built environment. I hope to leverage my experiences as both a cyclist and researcher to improve the cycling environment for all residents. This includes attending to the voice of community members, promoting cycling as a primary mode of transportation, and supporting the Oahu Bike Plan. I hope to work with residents, city planners, and cycling advocates to develop and promote right-of-way policies that work for all modes of transportation.

Robert Bengtson

Program Manager at Referentia Systems

Interest in cycling and HBL: HBL member and past board president, serving on the board for the past 12 years. Involved as a volunteer supporting the planning and operation of the Honolulu Century Ride and the Metric Century Ride. Member of the Tradewind Cycling Team and a USA Cycling Race Official.

Goals as a HBL Board Member: I want to continue to support the mission of the Hawaii Bicycling League through my involvement with the century ride events, fund raising and advocacy.

Norb Buelsing

“I’ve had the good fortune of being able to enjoy many years of bike riding in Hawaii with occasional week-long mainland rides. Apart from the beneficial exercise, biking is a sport shared with my two children. I’ve been an HBL member for several decades, with my initial HBL event being the 1982 Century Ride.
I’m retired from my career at Alexander & Baldwin, where I was President of A&B Properties. While at A&B I had the memorable opportunity to work with John Kelley, who regularly shared his enthusiasm for HBL.
I attended the University of Cincinnati following graduation from Roosevelt High School and have served on the Boards of the, Manoa Valley Theater, Historic Hawaii Foundation, Diocese of Honolulu Land Asset Management & Acquisition Committee and Waialae Ridgeline Association.

I envision numerous opportunities for HBL to expand its reach to community members throughout Hawaii. Biking has a low “cost of entry”; it can be a shared or solo activity and Hawaii offers perfect year-round biking weather. I’m also interested in expanding the network of bike lanes and paths to encourage new bike commuters and recreational riders.”

 
Geoffrey Hamilton

Attorney

“My interest in continuing to participate on the HBL Board stems from:
My passion for biking for the sheer joy of just doing it, whatever biking activity it is. I’ve done the Dick Evans, the Pedal to the Meadow, and the Cycle to the Sun multiple times. I’ve done the two HBL Century rides for perhaps 15 years. I’ve done a Backroads bike trip to Italy. I biked with Tradewinds Cycling Team for years (and that took “plenty time”, since I was probably the slowest team member…………way, way off the back); and,

My passion for making biking safer, easier and more popular in Hawaii. That’s my motivation for my participation in HBL. I went on the Board in 2012, just after a poor girl was killed on her bike by a Robert’s Bus turning right on to Dillingham. Since then I’ve been the President of the Board for two years and the “resident” attorney on the Board. I am proud of all the tangible HBL accomplishments since then…..the growing grid of bike lanes, the fourth grade bike ed program, Chad’s focus on advocacy on bike safety issues, etc.; and,

My passion for the internal “blossoming” of HBL. That’s actually happened since I have been on the Board. There were many dark, dire days years ago, and we have come a long ways back from near extinction. I hope I contributed to that, and I look forward to continuing to contribute in the future. My specific, and thus far unique, contribution to the HBL Board is my legal skills, which, thankfully, are vastly better than my bike skills. I am recognized nationally in “Best Lawyers in America” and “Super Lawyers”, and in the venerable world wide rating service Martindale- Hubbell, as a “Preeminent Lawyer”.

Thanks for the opportunity!”

Brian Moriki

“A lifelong cyclist, I began as a young bicyclist in Kaneohe where, cycling was our primary mode of transportation and networking. My zeal for cycling has continued to this day and I’ve participated in Hawaili Bicycling League Century rides from the early 70s. Back then, HBL was a “community centric” organization and the Century Ride was the premier ride for locals. I would like to assist growing the HBL community through expanding the number of bicycle rides large and small. I feel I can provide HBL a boost of energy through my networking, advocacy, and organizational skills. I would like to promote Hawaii as a safe environment for cycling by advocating infrastructure improvements to our existing roadways, expansion of bike lanes/paths, and making it safe for all.

I am recently retired after 32 years as an AVP of Records Management for First Hawaiian Bank. I still have that “fire in my belly” and would like to share that “passion” to HBL and cycling. I’ve assisted with the ADA Tour de Cure in Hawaii and Seattle received recognition as a fundraising “champion” for their cause. I’ve held leadership positions in ARMA International (i.e. Information Governance Association) locally, regionally, and Internationally, and have assisted with the Business Education curriculum at Leeward Community College.”

Mel Nakahata

General Manager, The Bike Shop

“Aloha Hawaii Bicycling League Members,
Thank you for allowing me to have served you as a board member for the past three terms (6 years). I am proud to be involved with the Hawaii Bicycling League, and I am impressed by the progress we have made towards making Hawaii a safer, fun place to ride. We have challenges to overcome for which I want to be a part of.

I grew up in the era of the Schwinn StingRay bicycle in the late 60’s. I remember my father taking my twin brother and I to our LBS, Eki’s Cyclery at Ala Moana Center, to choose the color of our bicycles. I choose red! I want to impart that same (red-hot) passion of freedom that cycling gives to our members and potential members. My love for cycling has influenced me to pursue my career in business management in the bicycle industry. My curriculum at UH was Travel Industry Management, but seeing people’s excitement in cycling is more enjoyable. I am the General Manager at The Bike Shop. I have been working for Faye Saiki since 1987. Faye is one of three founders of the Hawaii Bicycling League. The Bike Shop’s mission for you is identical to HBL’s, and I want to continue this legacy. I have been a business member for 10 years.

My efforts for HBL will include, but not limited to the following areas. Events are a big part of HBL. I have supported and volunteered religiously for these events: Annual Membership dinner, Haleiwa Metric Century Ride, Zachary Manago’s Memorial Ride, and Honolulu Century Ride, Bike Month, and bike lane maintenance. I have directly helped increase membership through providing memberships with bicycle purchases, and always mention HBL in conversation with new customers. My three stores are in direct communication with HBL members. My stores participate in HBL’s membership benefit discount purchase program. I am a League Certified Instructor, and have provided safety and repair clinics for both HBL members and non-members. I have guided HBL rides with the focus on fun and safety. I am involved in advocacy, which includes attending City council hearings, and obtaining testimonies from my co-workers and customers in support of bills supporting cycling. I always wave or ping my bell to other cyclists on the road. I follow the rules of the road to gain respect from other road users, even though they honk and tell me otherwise.

Please allow me to continue to volunteer as an HBL board member in our quest to reach our goals.”

John O’Keefe

Retired

“After retiring in November 2016, I returned to cycling as a passion and a community of people that I enjoy. I am currently active with the HBL weekly rides, have competed in triathlons, ridden the outer islands with the Heavy Breathers and completed week long mainland tours, I have experienced and benefited from the many facets of bicycling. I would like to give back to the bicycling community by joining the Board of Directors and supporting the Honolulu Bicycling League goals and objectives. My focus would be to continue the progress made in making Honolulu a world class cycling city with expanded cycling infrastructure and cycling training for all ages.”

Kyle Paredes

Health, Wellness & Sports Specialist (Business Entrepreneur)

Interest in cycling and HBL: Mountain Bike/ BMX

Goals as a HBL Board Member: As a mountain bike professional and BMX advocate, I want to bring a new and fresh perspective to the HBL team. My ultimate goal is to unify the cycling community and create a stronger voice no matter what discipline you desire. I would also like to add to the HBL Mission: to get more people to ride bicycles for health, recreation and transportation by making Hawaii’s streets, PATHWAYS, PARKS, AND TRAIL ACCESS safer through advocacy, education and events.

John Rogers

“My first interaction with HBL was powerful and unforgettable. For years I had been advocating for the Leeward Bikeway in the role of board member on my homeowner’s association in Ewa. I attended the 2014 Leeward Bikeway presentation in Ewa by HDOT regarding Section 106 Consultation Under the National Historic Preservation Act. HBL members and advocates filled the room and came prepared with comments and questions. I became an HBL member soon thereafter and in 2017 was awarded the 2017 Volunteer of the Year.
I have been riding bicycles all my life for recreation and as a commuter. Certified as a League Cycle Instructor, I teach the various adult cycling workshops and presently am the leader of the Senior Cycling Workshop that rides the Pearl Harbor Historic Trail from Neal Blaisdell Park. As a member of the Ewa Neighborhood Board #23, I co-chair the Ewa Parks and Recreation Committee and am on the Ewa Transportation Committee which includes participating in Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization Community Action Committee. I am also a member of the Kapolei/Ewa Blue Zones Built Environment Committee.

Through these roles, and as a member on the HBL Board, I will advocate every day for  Complete Streets and the goals and strategies to a Vision Zero future.”

Frank Smith
“For many years my goal has been to save the planet with bicycles and the HBL is the key actor to do just that. Think globally, act locally. Let’s get more people on bikes! Bikes offer so many benefits: economic, fitness, fun, ecology, just to mention a few. Hawaii should be an example to the world.

I will continue to ride my bike and to do some of the less glamorous HBL volunteer work like picking up trash in Waimanalo and calling lapsed members to encourage them to renew. Since the late 1970’s I have been involved with the HBL so I can offer a historical perspective. After selling Island Triathlon & Bike I have been refurbishing bikes at the Men’s Shed and donating them to folks who truly need a bike for transportation. I look forward to many more miles in the saddle and to a great future for the HBL.”

To learn more about the Hawaii Bicycling League, view our HBL By-Laws.