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Bruce and Winnie Meyers experienced first hand what Shaka Weekend is all about.  From San Diego, CA Bruce and Winnie had a stop over in Lahaina, Maui where Bruce met up with his 91 year old childhood friend, George.  On the way to the airport Lap Nguyen and Brandon Sylva (Buggy owners), too, met up with Bruce and Winnie.  Upon arrival to Honolulu International Airport, Jon Bickford of Kauai greeted Bruce and Winnie.  From there it was non-stop action to include a Beach Boys concert on Saturday evening.  A few Meyers Manx was authenticated on the spot.  A lot of autographs and pictures by Mr. Meyers.  Certainly, a lot of dreams fulfilled by meeting, shaking hands, chatting story with Mr. and Mrs. Meyers.

This trip would not have been possible without the support of:  Edward J. Saunders; P. Gregory Frey; Bradley ‘Bubba’ Parrow; Brandy Les Kaneshiro; Jesse ‘Spyda’ Leano; Kamaile ‘Undertaker’ & Josie Almeida; Todd Matsumoto; Dean Michioka; Lisa Miller; Terry Gabriel; Dean Funakoshi; Mike Whaley; Joey Kekoa; Elena Luecke & Glen Kaleikaapunihonua; and, Ryan of Barefoot Buggy Rentals.  And, of course Jon Bickford of Kauai for not only broaching the question during Bruce’s 90th birthday bash in March in Glendale, CA. to come to Buggy Paradise, but for his chauffeuring and personal escort duties.    

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PACIFIC INK & ART EXPO 2016, HAWAII TATTOO EXPO celebrated its 5th Year Anniversary this year. www.hawaiitattooexpo.com. OUR DEDICATED VWCoH ‘Ohana longtime Club member, GREG FREY, is one of the owners of the PACIFIC INK & ART EXPO.  This year was special because the world famous Good Vibrations Bug created by The Rusty VW and Stovepipe Finn Pette was raffled off in a worldwide contest and won by a Hawaii local boy, John Brown, and this exceptional one-of-a-kind art car was on the floor throughout the Hawaii Tattoo Expo.  

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Windward Mall cruise night events 2016:
MARCH 19
MAY 21
JULY 16
SEPTEMBER 17 (cancelled)

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As Spyda Leano said, “Thank you for coming everybody and let’s do this again.”  As Danny Casaquit said, “It was a good day.” 

On this blessed Sunday upwards of 40 different types of VWs from Vintage VW Club of Hawaii, Westside Ka’ahui Braddahood, and Hawaiian VW Outlaws gathered at Kamehemeha Shopping Ctr. top parking lot.  A little ‘ua’ came down as Matt & Elke Gillooly of Westside Ka’ahui Braddahood led us in a ‘pule’ for a safe journey and return home.  We knew that the little rain was Tony shedding a little tear because we were doing this for him. 

Buggies came out in droves — Spyda Leano, Todd Matsumoto, Sam Martin, Glenn Yahiku (hotVWs Magazine), Mike Archer (hotVWs Magazine), Danny Casaquit, Joey Kekoa, Ryan Okabe, Brandy Les Kaneshiro, Hector Comesario, Glenn Soriano, Lindo Molina, Derek Bigornio, Terry Gabriel, Lisa Miller, Wade, Alex, a blue and silver Buggy (hotVWs Magazine), and a yellow Buggy.  Tony’s good friend, Eric Shimabuku, came out and spent the day with us.  Todd Matsumoto, another good friend of Tony traveled from afar — literally 50 yards to Kamehameha Shopping Ctr.  On the other hand, Richard Oppenheimer with Mattlie Davis,  also Tony’s good friends came from the Westside.  Other notable attendees paying tribute were of course Tony Young, Jr. with his crew; and Tony Young’s good friends Sam Martin and Brian Kim and John Parks and Jon Souza.  Unable to attend but in spirit were Keoki Moore, Angie Cariaga, Kawika Yee, and Gordon Taculao.      

First stop was Tantalus lookout then to Marine Corps Training Area Bellows in Waimanalo both of which were Tony and Spyda’s stomping grounds.  VeeDubbers made their way to Tantalus lookout, parked their VDubs and got their camera and video camera at the ready because they knew that something special was about to happen.  Capturing Spyda’s wheelie — Jon Souza’s shot here or Emelie Ellazar Soriano’s pix here.  Todd with Tyler Matsumoto and Flyn Levi and Michael Archer and Mike Whaley and Frankie Abreu, Ed Kaukane, Joey Kekoa, Wade and Jona did their ritual in honor of Tony Young.

Cruisers then made their way to Ala Moana Beach Park then through Kalakaua Ave in Waikiki through Kahala then to Waimanalo and finished the day with a cold one.  Others cruised around through H-3.  See Tess’ Facebook live of Henry Ader & Tess Roldan and Alfred & Janet Decierdo (hotVWs Magazine) here.

All in all in honor of a good man who is truly missed, everyone paid their tribute in their own way and enjoyed the cruise and camaraderie among the VW close-knit ohana.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATodd Matusmoto and Tony Young, Jr.

Mark you calendar for Sun. 7/8/2017 for next year’s ‘Underdog’ event.

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25 VWs from Westside Ka’a Hui Braddahood, Hawaiian VW Outlaws, Der Perle Stadt Kreuzers, and 50 hot rods of Bleizn FX converged into the Honolulu Zoo lawn to support and raise funds for the Honolulu Conservation Fund.  Beautiful and blessed Sunday to stroll the place where we visited frequently as a child.  Another awesome event to benefit the Honolulu Zoo Conservations Fund.  Now was our chance to give back to the Honolulu Zoo by sharing our toys.  Hot rodders rolled in early while the VeeDubs were on Hawaiian time.  The following trophy winners are as follows:

People’s Choice VW:  Alfredo & Janet Decierdo of Makakilo ’64 VDub

Djelita the Sumtran Tiger Trophy:   Travis & Stacy Turbeville of Ewa Beach ’64 Ruby Red Bug   

Director’s Choice:  Lane with a Sampan

People’s Choice Hot Rod:  Pat with a Purple Rod

Mark your calendars for same time next year 2017.

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Mike Archer ‘Eddie’ of Ewa Beach, and Todd Matsumoto ‘ZigZag blue Buggy and Ford

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On this Saturday afternoon, a small cadre of VeeDubs of Westside Ka’a Hui Braddahood, Der Perle Stadt Kreuzers, and the VW Club of Hawaii cruised from Pearl City Walmart to Pier 38 to Honolulu Coffee Experience Center for the first ever Dubs & Coffee.  Thanks to Kayla Keehu for allowing we VeeDubs to cruise-in at the Honolulu Coffee Experience Center.  We were greeted by Lynn Anderson of HotVWs Magazine and Hunter Haskins, Journalist of Hana Hou the Magazine of Hawaiian Airlines.  Look for Lynn’s story coverage of this Dubs & Coffee Cruise in the October hotVWs Magazine issue coming into your store shelves or mailbox during September.  Hunter, an awesome storyteller is conjuring the perfect story which you will read in your upcoming Hawaiian Airlines flight.  Great venue at the beginning of Waikiki which we hope to engage more in the future.

20160611_152224Nelson Viernes, ’64 aqua Notchback with Subaru powerplant; Sonny Hornos’ ’61 Bug;

and, Hector Comesario’s ‘Red Heat’ Buggy.

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