facebook_1486355025297Winners left to right:  Eldin Tomas | James Pascua | Richard Carvalho | Tracie Kekoa | Ryan Rapisura | Josiah Kekoa | Jamie Tomas | Photo by Carvalho

Richard Carvalho ’65 21-Window of Aiea, The VW Club of Hawaii and Vintage Volkswagen Club of Hawaii — Best of Show of the Festival

Tracie Kekoa ’62 ‘Vert of Pacifica Palisades – Ewa Beach, The Usual Suspects — Best of Show Runner-up of the Festival

Eldin Tomas ’67 Sunroof of Mililani, Hawaiian VW Outlaws –Best Euro of the Festival

James Pascua ’67 Sunroof of Waipahu, Hawaiian VW Outlaws — Best Euro Runner-up of the Festival

Ryan Rapisura ’64 Bus of Wahiawa, Vintage Volkswagen Club of Hawaii — Best VW of the Festival

Josiah Kekoa ’65 Notchback of Kalihi – Ewa Beach, The Usual Suspects — Best VW Runner-up of the Festival

Jamie Tomas ’61 Bug of Waipahu – Best Old School

********************img_4250Tracie Kekoa ’62 ‘Vert | Photo by Tracie Kekoa

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received_1440756749309051Jaeziah Tomas | Photo by Jamie Tomas

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Our VW lifestyle is not our only passion in Hawaii Nei.  We care for our fellow (wo)man.  Recently, acts of kindness and selfless giving were displayed across Oahu:

On Thanksgiving Day Todd, Jeanine, Taylor & Tyler Matsumoto gave about 3 hours worth and $$$, and provided heaping plates to the needy at behind Dillingham Blvd Zippy’s in Kalihi.

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On December 18th, The Usual Suspects gave food, clothing, blankets, and etc. to the less fortunate at Waianae Boat Harbor.

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On January 14th the Hawaiian VW Outlaws giving back at Hau Bush in Ewa.

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20170104_192000As always our good friend, R.K. Smith, puts out an awesome four page spread covering the annual Shaka Weekend Show.  It only gets better every year.  If you’re not a subscriber, subscribe now because you would get your magazine in the mail sooner than it showing on the magazine stands.  This particular February 2017 is a special 50th anniversary issue. 

And, as always you VW addicts who support the Shaka Weekend every year BIG MAHALO!  CONGRATULATIONS to all the trophy winners, which you may find here.  or winners circle with pictures here.  We’re already planning and looking forward to Shaka Weekend 2017 — Sep. 1-4.  Will surely be a fun-filled weekend.  Best part is there will be a surprise

Additionally, the following individuals are recognized for their time and efforts during the Shaka Show 2016:  Hannibal Cabacungan, Tommy Cagata, Terry Gabriel, Manny Haturi, Fia Iosea, Sam Kahalewai, Jeanine Matsumoto, Taylor Matsumoto, Tyler Matsumoto, Gordon Ortiz, Sr., Roland Salvador, and Larry Tulba

Correction:  Page 48 last sentence should read …32-inch flat screen TV, which was won by Big Island’s “Lynn Murota“… instead of … 32-inch flat screen TV, which was won by Big Island’s ‘Tracy Yamashita‘.  

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Kalihi Christmas Parade:   

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Pearl City Christmas Parade: 

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Ewa Beach Christmas Parade:

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A total of 869 toys for local children were collected, and 334 pounds of food for Hawaii Food Bank.  Special thank you to Moanalua Lions & Leo Club, Moanalua High School, Battery Bill Ogawa, Benny & the Cruisers, FM 105.9, Highway Response Towing and Legal Shield.  Top 5 Car Clubs in donations are as follows:

  1.  Bleizn FX – 130 toys
  2. Mobile Gamer Guys – 120 toys
  3. Porsche Club of Hawaii – 93 toys
  4. Pure VIP Club of Hawaii – 87 toys
  5. Aloha Mustang & Shelby Club of Hawaii – 72 toys

VW Clubs of Hawaii donation as follows:

VW Club of Hawaii-33 toys; Westside Ka’ahui Braddahood-25 toys; Hawaiian VW Outlaws-4 toys —————————————————————————————————————————————————

Toys for Tots began in 1947 when Major Bill Hendricks, USMCR and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles, California collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children.  The idea came from Bill’s wife, Diane, who had hand crafted a Raggedy Ann doll and asked her husband to deliver the doll to an organization in Los Angeles which would give it to a needy child.  When Bill determined that no agency existed, Diane told Bill that he should start one – he did.  The 1947 campaign was so successful that the Marine corps adopted Toys for Tots in 1948 and expanded it into a nationwide campaign.  That year, Marine Corps Reserve units across the nation conducted Toys for Tots campaigns in each community in which a Reserve unit was located.  Marine have conducted successful nationwide campaigns at Christmas each year since 1948.

The iconic “train logo” was designed in 1948 by none other that Walt Disney; that logo is still in use today.  Disney also designed the first Toys for Tots posted used to promote the nationwide program.

Numerous recording artists and stars of stage and screen have lent their talents to the Toys for Tots campaigns over the years.  Nat “King” Cole, Peggy Lee, and Vic Damone recorded the Toys for Tots song written by Sammy Fain and Paul Webster in 1956.  Bob Hope, John Waye, Doris Day, Lorrie Morgan, Tim Allen, Jim Nabors and Kenny Rogers are but a few of the long list of celebrities who have given their time and talent to promote Toys for Tots.  First Lady Nancy Reagan served as a national spokesperson during President Reagan’s presidency.  First Lady Barbara Bush served as the national spokesperson in 1992 and in her autobiography names Toys for Tots as one of her favorite charities.

Through the gift of a shiny new toy, the Marine Toys for Tots Campaign provides happiness and hope to disadvantaged children who might otherwise be overlooked this holiday season.  Your donations help give children recognition, confidence and positive memory for a lifetime.

Throughout the 68 years of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, Marine have distributed more that 370 million toys to more than 173 million needy children nationwide.  Since 1996 alone, Marines here in Hawaii have collected more that 700,000 toys and more than $400,000 which went to make the holidays brighter for nearly 500,000 of Hawaii’s less fortunate keiki.  Last year 28,000 new toys were collected and distributed to 23,000 less fortunate children of Oahu.  Every toy and every dollar collected here in Hawaii to buy toys stay here in Hawaii.

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