I've just recently moved from central Oahu to Honolulu and am now pretty close (2 miles) to my work. I plan on buying a bike in the next couple weeks to commute back and forth. With the morning traffic as bad as it is I think a bike will get me to work in a similar amount of time as driving.
I haven't ridden bikes much at all in the last 20 years and way back then it was a Walmart MTN bike so I don't really know much about modern bikes. I am of the personality type that researches the heck out of expensive things before I buy them though and that research has led me to this forum. This forum led me to the sheldon brown website where I learned more than I knew there was to know about bikes (I still don't claim to have any real knowledge).
So far all my reading has led me to believe I want a hybrid bike since I'll be on sidewalk/road 90% of the time. The road (Kapiolani for the locals) isn't in very nice shape to have a pure road bike. I do suspect I may start doing longer rides in the future for fun/fitness.
Anyway, I just wanted to make a first post to say hello and now I'm going to dive back into reading/learning. My monthly paid parking at work ends in about two weeks so I need to make a decision on a bike by then.