Last week was the 50th anniversary of Hawaii’s statehood. If you’ve never been over to see our hot rod brothers to the far west, you owe a trip over. If you love WW II history, Pearl Harbor is a must. If you dig surfing, snorkeling or general relaxation, Hawaii is THE place anyway. Once you’ve been, you’ll just keep dreaming of going back.
There have been a few posts about guys on vacation with the family in Hawaii scouring for hot hod related activities. They have some really good car shows scattered about the islands, and I did see a few jalopy projects in driveways on my last visit to Maui. But, did you know that nearly 10 years before Hawaii even became a state, the Hono-Kai Timing Association formed, and there was organized drag racing on Oahu? They even had a full-on indoor hot rod show at Honolulu’s Civic Auditorium! The locals called these crazy cars Hao Wela… Hawaiian for Hot Rod.
I found this small article about it and thought I would share today. A grass roots effort to get the sport going on the islands… Happy 50th Hawaii! Aloha!