Hawaiian Isles Autofest 2004 - Custom Truck Show
Xzibit Wheels' Paradise Bash
Mike Saenz of Xzibit Wheels thought long and hard about how he could give the island of Maui the credit it deserved for its truck scene and community. What he came up with, though, was beyond anyone's wildest dreams. He decided to throw the biggest truck and car show the islands have ever seen, with not only local Maui rides, but trucks shipped from all the islands and possibly even the mainland. This goal wasn't a childish dream, or far from unattainable, considering Mike lives and works on Maui, 'bagging and body-dropping the island's truck population at Xzibit Wheels.
The goal for the Hawaiian Isles Autofest debut was to bring out local trucks from not only Maui, but also from the surrounding Hawaiian islands, using cargo boats as transports. With a turnout of almost 200 vehicles from all over the islands, it's safe to say his goal was achieved. According to Mike, "Eventually, the main goal for this show is to see trucks from the mainland shipped out to Maui for the ultimate vacation. Imagine cruising and railin' your truck around the island during the week, then showing your truck on the weekend. It's a vacation you'd never forget."
On Saturday morning, the gates opened to Keopuolani Park and a long line of trucks waited to park inside the event and get set up for the day. Lines of spectators waited in anticipation from the moment the Xzibit crew opened the gates until the gates closed late that evening. Nobody, spectators and truck owners alike, had seen a show this large in their little niche of the Pacific, so everyone took their time walking the aisles up and down, making sure not to miss a single ride or event.
As dusk fell over paradise, the show was not quite over because the bikini contest was just getting started. Jay-J from Wild 105.5 as well as Xzibit spokesmodels Alexia Lei and Eydie Ann brought the bikini-clad beauties out on stage to shake what their mama gave 'em. When all was said and done, Becky Goods showed she had the goods and was crowned as the judges' favorite, taking home the $1,000 grand prize.
The second coming of the Hawaiian Isles Autofest is scheduled to kick off again this August. Huge plans are already underway to make the show even bigger and better for all who attend. For more information, including how you can get your truck over to Maui, contact: Mike at Xzibit Wheels, (808) 244-7799, www.xzibitwheels.com.