The Tourist Are The Ones In The Convertibles
How do you spot a tourist in Hawaii? Hint: look for a Ford Mustang convertible. You won’t spot a local in a one though because convertibles are not ideal for Hawaii for two reasons: one it’s super hot here and two you can’t fit your surfboard on top. How do you spot a local in Kailua, Hawaii? Look for a Toyota pickup truck with some sort of board attached on top. It’s un-freaking believable the amount of Toyota Pickups here in Kailua, Hawaii.
Another thing that shocked me is the super strong car culture in Kailua. Everyone has a cool car, and everyone has multiple cool cars. Most people work on their cars themselves, and there is a lack of Toyota Corollas (that’s a great thing). Once you start walking around Kailua you too will feel the car culture is strong.
Where the hell is Kailua, Hawaii?
That’s what I first said when my wife picked it out as a place to stay for a couple days on our honeymoon. But when she told me that President Obama comes here when he visits, I knew she was on to something good. Kailua is a small town Northeast of Waikiki. And Southeast of the big wave (pipeline) North shore. And it is home to one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen in my life. Life is slow and life is good. People are happy and they love cars. This is definitely something I could get used to.
The Top Cars of Kailua
- Trucks, trucks everywhere. And a bunch of other really cool cars.
- Classics. Like this Cheverolet Bel Air wagon built by my neighbor Jerry (thanks for the hospitality Jerry!). He even painted the car and did all the body work himself.
- Volvo’s – A Volvo wagon with a roof rack gets me every time!
- Electric Vehicles
Nissan Leafs had a heavy presence in Hawaii. With Tesla’s coming in a strong second. Your license plate says “electric vehicle” – so your neighbors know that you are green.
- 90s Toyota Beaters that just won’t die