Meet Your Kapolei Ride Share Driver

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Not that long ago, if you wanted a ride around the west side your choices were cab, TheBus, or your own vehicle. Ride sharing is relatively new here, both for the drivers and for the passengers.

We reached out to two local folks who are sharing their cars with their neighbors.

Jesyne Foshay is a Lyft driver who lives in Kapolei. She’s also a member of Lyft’s Local Driver Advisory Council, which gives feedback on Lyft initiatives and also gives advice to local drivers.

Daria and Zachariah Fredrickson are Kapolei residents, formerly of Alaska. They offer a car pickup / dropoff service called Ride Safe Aloha. Their ride-share model is a good business for a couple, because it requires two people. They drive to where you are, and then one of them drives you back in your own car.

Why Did They Decide To Drive?

Jesyne started driving for Lyft about two years ago. She said she started because she likes driving, and likes talking to people. Also, she needs a lot of flexibility when it comes to working hours, because Jesyne is a mother of seven.

“Lyft has allowed me to be there for my children,” she says.

Zachariah and Daria also have kids — a one-year-old boy, with another on the way. Zachariah told me that he and Daria have worked a variety of jobs since moving to Kapolei two years ago. She’s been mostly in retail. He’s done everything from pest control to bartending (and some retail too).

They work most days. Picking up customers for Ride Share Aloha gives them a way to make extra money at night. They take calls/texts until 3am.

Local Passengers Are Flying Out of Town, Late to Work, Or Partied Too Hard

I asked Jesyne what the most common types of rides are with Lyft. She told me it depends on the time of day.

“The most common trips in the morning are riders heading to the airport, or locals who miss the bus and need a ride to work,” she says. “In the evening, it’s usually tourists going out for dinner in Waikiki or locals hitting up their favorite local spot.”

She says that her favorite trips, though, are when she’s driving and assisting the elderly, or helping soldiers get home safely after a night out in Waikiki.

For Zachariah and Daria of Ride Share Aloha, the target customer is similar to that soldier — anyone who went out for the evening and perhaps enjoyed themselves more than they expected. We’ve all been there. Taking a cab home means having to come back for your car in the morning, driving your car is a dangerous risk. At some point you’re too old to crash at a friend’s place.

Text or call, and they will pick you up, and take you and your car back home. They won’t be able to do anything about the hangover you’ll have in the morning, but at least you’ll know where your car is.

They also offer an airport service. They’ll get your vehicle at the airport and bring it back to your home, saving you the cost of long-term parking. (Saving you worries about break-ins, too.)

Ride Share Costs and How to Book One

The cost of a Lyft on the west side seems to be around $5/mile. A ride from Kapolei to Ko Olina runs around $20, Kapolei to Waipahu closer to $30. If you have a specific trip in mind, you can price it out on Lyft’s fare estimator. To actually book a ride, you need to download the Lyft app.

For Ride Share Aloha, the cost is a $25 flat rate fee up to ten miles. (To give some context: From Kapolei, Pearl City is about 10 miles east, Nanakuli is about 10 miles west). Each additional mile is $2. To book a ride, call/text 808-940-4984, or email ridesafealoha@gmail.com between 5pm and 3am.

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