Travis Counsell
Executive Director

Many will remember Travis as HBL’s Events Director and Membership Coordinator for several years. Originally from Vermont, Travis most recently served as the Executive Director for the New England Mountain Bike Association. Previously, Travis was the owner and manager of Bikeadelic Hawaii, a bicycle rental & tour business in Waikīkī. He also received an MBA from the Shidler School of Business at UH Mānoa. In college, he rode his bicycle from Baltimore to San Francisco as a cancer research fundraiser. His favorite bike is his mountain bike, but you’ll also find him commuting to work, riding to Makapu‘u lighthouse, or grabbing groceries on his various other bikes!

Travis brings business knowledge, non-profit experiences, and a strong passion for bicycles to HBL. He looks forward to building the community of people who ride bicycles and elevating HBL’s presence across a variety of focus areas.

Malia k Harunaga
Director of Adult Education

Malia has always loved riding bikes, and competed in keiki triathlons when she was little. She started teaching with HBL in 2013 after getting certified as a League Cycling Instructor by the League of American Bicyclists. Upon graduating from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, she joined the awesome crew that is HBL at the beginning of 2015. She is now a League of American Bicyclists Coach (one of 17 in the nation!) and could not be happier spreading the joy of cycling to everyone. She loves bicycling (fixed gear & road, competing & for leisure), trail running, photography, and pastries. Malia is looking forward to bicycles taking over the world (or at least Hawaiʻi) in the near future!

Christopher Salas
Events Director

Christopher first got into cycling when he moved from Southern California to attend the University of Hawai‘i in 2008. He bought a bike for commuting and soon found that the best way to explore the island was on two wheels. As his confidence on the bike grew, he wanted to challenge himself to greater and longer trials on the bike. Starting with the Honolulu Century Ride every year as his benchmark, he went on to complete multi-day bike tours across many states, climb up mountains from Tantalus to Haleakalā, and is always chasing segments and KOMs on Strava.

Chris has a bit of a competitive streak and was encouraged by friends to try his hand at running and later triathlons. Upon realizing his new love for running, he threw himself into the sport, completing several marathons and becoming board member of MPRRC and continues to be apart of their Race Organization Group.With many rides, runs, and triathlons under his belt, he achieved two personal goals in 2022: qualifying for both the Boston Marathon and Ironman World Championship in Kona.

Lauren Lee
Director of Community Engagement

Lauren grew up playing competitive golf, but one of her favorite childhood memories was learning how to ride a bike without training wheels. Once those suckers were off, riding bikes became her favorite thing to do as a child. She would ride wherever and whenever she could. She even tried to go through the drive-thru at Taco Bell (unfortunately they still made her go inside). Until this day, her goals is to fight for fast-food drive thru rights for cyclists (jk, she wishes).

Taylor Clark
BikeED Manager / Instructor

Taylor learned to ride a bicycle at a very young age and the excitement from it stuck with him until today. As a kid in a remote, Northern California town, he enjoyed being able to bike in different settings: riding on the road,  trailing through the mountains, and cycling along the rivers. As he got older, Taylor would adventure off to bike in Monterey, Santa Barbara, San Francisco— and now Hawai‘i.

He enjoys sharing the passion for riding bicycles and teaching the importance of bike safety with the keiki of O‘ahu. Taylor hopes that people of all ages, keiki to kūpuna can enjoy the thrill of cycling as he did.

Chet Blanton
BikeED Team Leader

Chet “the Jet” Blanton has taught bicycle education to 4th graders in BikeEd Hawai‘i since 1999. The founder of the triathlon team Team Jet Hawai‘i, Chet is also an accomplished triathlete: former reigning world record holder for completing the most Ironman’s in one year (27, 1998-2003), and has completed 45 Marathons, 80 Ultra Marathons, 100 Sprint Triathlons, and the Double Deca Ironman.


Tom Andersen
BikeED Team Instructor

Tom likes bikes. And he’s happy to share the HBL #RideAloha spirit with others!

ed prokopik
BikeED Team Instructor

With a background in teaching, and having done volunteer work for HBL, Ed jumped at the chance to share his love for cycling with keiki. A member of Tradewind Cycling Team, Ed is also an avid paddler, diver and skier. 



Shane McCarthy
BikeED Team Instructor

Shane likes commuting and working on his bike. He has also enjoyed tutoring and working in education. Shane is excited to combine these interests through BikeEd– sharing the great experience of biking with students and being a part of HBL!


Sir Rufus ‘ohana Counsell
Director of Emotional Support

Will work for treats. Provides cuddles & wet kisses, but requires pets!

Taking a cycling workshop with us? Awesome! You’re going to have a great time. All of our instructors have gone through a stringent 23-hour+ seminar to become nationally certified instructors by the League of American Bicyclists. To find more about the rigorous certification process, click here. To meet your wonderful instructors, read on!