Oahu bikers ride to raise funds
Hundreds of bikers filled Oahu's streets, but not for an ordinary Sunday ride.
Instead, it was a huge, rolling fundraiser for Hawaii's fallen law enforcement officers.
Sunday morning, the deafening roar of hundreds of motorcycles filled the parking lot at Iolani Palace.
The rows of chrome-covered bikes glittered in the sun and attracted a lot of attention. So did the crowd of bikers.
"I just want people to know that motorcyclists are not bad people. There are stereotypes of bike riders," said Mike Oakland, with the Iron Circle Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club.
Stereotypes like: Bikers are all tattooed, tough guys. The riders from different Oahu clubs didn't come to Honolulu looking for trouble, instead they came to give back.
"The bikers that are out here are doing this to raise money to help build and maintain the law enforcement memorial," said Oakland.
For many bikers it was a chance to ride and remember the dozens of law enforcement personnel who have died in the line of duty. For some, the ride was much more personal.
"Steven Favela was a solo bike officer who crashed his motorcycle while escorting President Bush through Hickam Air Force Base. He was a super good friend of mine, we went through a lot together and his death hit real hard," said Ed Stankos, with the Iron Circle Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club.
Oakland said as a group bikers tend to look out for one another. On this day, they also look out for those who can no longer ride.
Their desire to help is now giving even the bad-boy bikers a pretty good reputation.
"They're giving from their heart. They're giving deep, because this means a lot to a lot of people," stated Oakland.
The money raised from the ride will go toward building and maintaining the Law Enforcement Memorial on the Civic Center grounds. A project designed three years ago, but it has stalled because of lack of funds.
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