Events Hawaii Small BusinessWritten by Janel Lubanski On 15 July 2011

This Saturday, July 16, Eki Cyclery, one of Hawaii’s oldest bike shops will host a bike show at their Dillingham location from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in celebration of their 100 years of business.

They have already kicked off the celebration of their centennial starting in February when they hosted a variety of bike shows.

“Some of our past celebratory events were a museum-type display of vintage bikes,” Jayne Kim, co-owner of Eki Cyclery says. Kim and her husband Jay are third-generation owners of the family business.

“The models are very eye-catching, we showed everything from the real extreme bikes with custom painting and chrome finishes to the vintage models where the owners have tried to keep them in the best, original condition as possible.

It will be a visual timeline of the cycle industry, 1930 Cruisers to fancy Choppers and Lowriders.

Around 40 entrants have already signed up to display their bikes and Kim says that most are bringing multiple models to show. “We expect a good turn out; the younger generations are very enthusiastic about it,” she says.

“We are very excited to know that there is so much interest in this industry,” Kim says. “We have had a lot of customers using their bikes for commute during their smaller errands and as transportation to work because of high gas prices.”

Establishing 100 years of business is a tremendous accomplishment for the Kims. In 2009 they won a Hawaii Business Small Business Success Award and credited:

  • focusing on quality products and service;
  • establishing community involvement; and
  • keeping in line with their finances, as the pathway to their success.

“There’s always cycles in any long-running business,” she says. There are hard times and good times and whenever you are going through hard times it comforting to know there are still good times ahead.”

“Being prepared for hard times is something I learned from watching my father work; always being prepared, maybe slightly conservative, but very attentive to customer needs and wants and trying to being in tuned with all our customers.”

As far as any future goals, Eki Cyclery will stick to business as usual and continue to host small bike shows.

Eki Cyclery
1603 Dillingham Blvd. Honolulu
(808) 847-2006

Find more information about Eki Cyclery on their website or Facebook page.

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Janel Lubanski

Intern at Hawaii Business magazine. Attended HPU and graduated with a BA in Journalism; MBA in progress. Relocating to Portland, OR in July 2011.

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