Sorry for the late notice. The scheduled meet for this Sunday, 25 October has been cancelled.
We just received word from the managing agent of the Safeway Kapahulu Shops that the rooftop parking area will be closed for the next 18 weeks. Contractors will be working on repairs and the entire area will not be available at all until completion.
We have no time to work on an alternative location, so let’s just take a break for the rest of the month.
Thank you for understanding. See you all next month.
Kapolei Village Center will be the site for the July Cars and Coffee Show and Shine. This will be a first time in West Oahu, as all previous Cars and Coffee events have been in Honolulu.
Hosting this month’s meet will be Redline 808 and Old School Imports Hawaii who will be helping with staging, safety and hospitality. Chad Iwasaki of Redline and Tommy Dolormente of OSI have been busy getting the word out. Thanks Redline 808 and Old School for stepping up to help.
Kapolei Village Center is at the intersection of Kapolei Parkway and Wakea Street. Foodland anchors the shopping center which includes The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, L&L Hawaiian Barbecue, Daiichi Ramen, Domino’s Pizza, Curry House, Teddy’s Bigger Burgers and Hot Pot Shabu Shabu House. It’s a great location to have lunch after the meet.
Bring your shine on and stop by from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. It’s free, so invite your friends and family, too.
More details and a map at http://carsandcoffeehawaii.org/event/cars-and-coffee-kapolei/ .
End of the Line for Aina Haina
We’re canceling the remaining reservations at the Aina Haina School and won’t return unless things change in regards to the parking. For the brave souls who participated (or tried to attend) in the June show and shine we’re very sorry for the huge mess. The school was not aware of reservations by the childrens’ baseball league for the use of the City and County park.
This resulted in a difficult parking battle in which we lost. The park users dominated the parking very early in the morning for their season’s island wide tournament playoff. This continue for the rest of the day leaving us very little.
I want to thank our automobile enthusiast community on how well they handled themselves. I am proud that our people were the most polite and easy-going during the morning crush. The leaders of the keiki league were also very understanding and helpful so “kudos” go to them as well.
The Tesla Club had a very good showing in the June meet. Six of their members participated and shared their awesome motors with everyone. Their president, Nan Vinton, was pleasantly surprised and is looking forward to more great activities with her group.
Back to the Top
To replace Aina Haina we’re returning to the rooftop parking area at Kapahulu Safeway for the months of August and October. Here are photos from our May Cars and Coffee at that location: http://carsandcoffeehawaii.org/photo-gallery/wppaspec/oc1/cv0/ab5
Aloha and see you at Cars and Coffee Kapolei!
The first Cars and Coffee at Aina Haina turned out to be quite a challenge as the auto enthusiasts found themselves competing for space with ballplayers at the adjacent park. Some estimates placed the number of cars at more than 100 and many had to park along the driveways and stacked in front of other cars. The early arrivals got the best spaces.
The gathering brought together a great mix of automobiles. Something for everyone. Old School Imports members brought their classic rides from the ’70s and ’80s. My personal favorites were the Datsun Skyline GT-R “Hakosuka” and a nicely retromodded Toyota Starlet. Thanks, for the treat, Tommy.
A few Brits showed up with MGs and a Roller. Also showing were Porsches, Mercedes-Benz, Mustangs, Mazdas, Camaros, Ferrari, BMWs, Pantera and more.
Coupons for free coffee at the McDonald’s restaurant were handed out. Later in the morning Jonathan Shick of Kia’i Enterprises distributed 15 percent discount coupons for Griot’s Garage products. Team808 member Justin Bell won the raffle prize from Shea’s Luxury Detail for a free wash and wax. Thank you Shea! And a great big mahalo goes to Puna Choo, our door prize announcer, for his great big voice.
Can we make it better for Cars and Coffee at Aina Haina? We’ll be working with the school and ask them if we’ll be able to reserve the upper lot with tape and traffic cones. We’ll also check the park calendar to learn when ball games are scheduled. One strategy that may help would be for us to fill the upper lot first and the lower lot afterwards.
Thanks go out to all the participants for this event. It turned out be a fine-weather-day after all.
More photos of this event at: http://carsandcoffeehawaii.org/photo-gallery/wppaspec/oc1/cv0/ab4
Cars and Coffee Hawaii depends on the help of our auto club enthusiasts. If you’d like to help stage and plan future events please contact us at http://carsandcoffeehawaii.org/about/ .