(BIVN) – Merrie Monarch Festival participants and hula enthusiasts will have a new way to get around the big event this week. The transportation network company Lyft – which came to the Big Island in March 2017 – is offering discount rides to and from Hilo’s Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium, and to and from any airport in the state, from April 21-27.
Lyft, founded in 2012 by Logan Green and John Zimmer, is now available to 95 percent of the United States population as well as select cities in Canada. Lyft launched on Hawaiʻi Island in March 2017 as part of the company’s nationwide expansion to 25 new markets, including Maui and Kauai. Lyft had been operating on Oʻahu since 2014.
Lyft recently issued this media release:
As hula halau, along with their family, friends and hula fans from Hawaii and around the globe travel to Hilo, Hawaii next week for the 56th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival, Lyft is offering discounted rides from April 21 – 27, 2019.
“It’s an amazing time in Hilo when thousands visit to experience this world-renowned hula competition and all of the related activities,” said Rob Mora, market manager for Lyft Hawaii. “In an effort to provide a more convenient way of travel during this special celebration, Lyft will be offering discounted rides and will be available throughout Hilo for pick up and drop offs during Merrie Monarch week.”
Lyft riders attending the Merrie Monarch festivities in Hilo can use promo code MMHILO for 20 percent off their rides to and from Edith Kanakaole Stadium from April 21-27. In addition, Lyft riders traveling to Hilo for the festivities can use promo code FLYHILO for $5 off their ride to any airport, statewide, and upon arrival at Hilo International Airport from April 21-27.
Lyft says it is “committed to effecting positive change for our cities by offsetting carbon emissions from all rides, and by promoting transportation equity through shared rides, bikeshare systems, electric scooters, and public transit partnerships.”