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
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.
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
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
commissionable at 20% at www.segwayofhawaii.com. For information, call
reporter Allan Seiden, send e-mail to [email protected].