Segway transportation device comes to Waikiki

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HONOLULU -- The Segway HT human transporter, the stand-up device invented in 2002 that has since become a hot booking option with visitors at destinations around the world, is now available in Waikiki through Segway of Hawaii.

Operating out of the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Segway of Hawaii enters the market with a variety of tour and glide ride options.

Safe to use and environmentally friendly, the Segway provides easy-to-navigate mobility, even in such crowded environments as Waikikis Kalakaua Avenue. Capable of traveling at 8 mph and covering up to 24 miles on a single battery charge, the large-wheeled Segways, made in New Hampshire, are self-balancing, quiet, convenient and pollution-free. Segways are legally permitted for sidewalk travel.

The Segway HT is the first of its kind, said company owner Alan Rice. It has an energy equivalency of 450 miles per gallon and is a perfect alternative to walking or other motorized transportation.

Since its really an in-city vehicle, its designed to coexist with pedestrians and takes up about the same space, Rice added. This isnt something that requires special training. It is truly user-friendly and can be operated by kids 16 and older, adults and seniors.

While guided tours are available, many people might want to simply rent a Segway and head out on their own. Those riders are familiarized with operations in a 20- to 30-minute orientation and provided with mandatory helmets before they leave. Rental rates start at $49 for 90 minutes.

Tour options include a two-hour, 30-minute Waikiki, Kapiolani Park and Diamond Head tour and a two-hour Honolulu: History & Culture itinerary, at $125. Customized tours can also be arranged that allow for participation by children under 16. Tours are offered in English and Japanese.

Bookings are commissionable at 20% at www.segwayofhawaii.com. For information, call (808) 941-3151.

To contact reporter Allan Seiden, send e-mail to [email protected].

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