Servco Pacific Has Great Auto Brands for the Outdoors

Disclosure: I was contracted by Servco Pacific to cover the First Hawaiian Bank International Auto Show. All opinions are my honest observations of the Suzuki/Subaru brands for readers of this blog.

I loved cars from the day I was born. It was instilled in my genes from the get-go. My dad was a down-home auto enthusiast that shared his love of cars and the outdoors with me when I was growing up. I remember on weekends, he’d take our family in our Toyota Corolla on long drives around the island. We would visit family and friends, sometimes stopping at quaint country stores or eating lunch at long-forgotten eateries along the way. Although I might not have shown much interest in the technical details of autos back then, I appreciated the way everything worked together in both the mechanics and styling of a Japanese compact car. They have certainly come a long way since then and I’m still in awe of how far they have actually come within my lifetime.

Well at this point you’re probably wondering what does this have to do with fishing? Let me continue.

In the late 70s and early 80s, my father worked for Servco Pacific selling their Toyota and Alfa Romeo brands at the old Motor Imports site on Kapiolani Boulevard. Around 1978, he bought a nice used 1975 Toyota Corolla 4 Speed 2 door coupe that would do the heavy-duty driving of taking us to fishing spots all along the rough O’ahu coastline. The roads back then were horrendous, especially on the leeward side, and my father would take that Toyota around Kaena Point with nil a scratch (this is before that chunk of land near the point went out to sea)! and the next day drive it to work! I was often flabbergasted and fascinated at the same time of how this car and man worked together to cross insurmountable obstacles in paths only 4×4 trucks navigated. His logic was that only a Japanese compact car could make it without assistance because it was nimble, light and had great gas mileage!

Fast-forward 30 years and it’s the first year that I had the pleasure to join my friend, L.P. Neenz Faleafine, in her social media coverage of the First Hawaiian Bank Auto Show. I was ecstatic when I was assigned to cover Servco’s Suzuki and Subaru brands. I was astonished at the selection of  both brands 2012 vehicle lineups that my dad would’ve been drooling over.

My dad’s philosophy of nimble, light and great gas mileage really rang true with this year’s models.

Suzuki: Nimble For the Great Outdoors

My first encounter with the Suzuki Motor Corporation was with their motorcycle brand when I raced my Suzuki RM80 on motocross tracks in the 80s. Based on that experience, I later bought a Suzuki GSXR-600 when I moved to Philadelphia for my daily commutes. My sister-in-law had an old beat-up 1984 Suzuki Swift 4 door Standard that would never die. My brother-in-law still has it on the Big Island and uses it as his daily driver because it saves him gas! I call it the “Fred Flintstone” special because it has holes in the floorboards! My cousin relies heavily on his Suzuki DF series outboard motor for his fishing boat and hasn’t had much of a hiccup since he switched to Suzuki.

The reliability and utility of the Suzuki brand cannot be underestimated. Thus, I was overjoyed when I saw Suzuki’s new lineup for 2012. The Suzuki Kizashi is impressive and looks like it could cut its way on the highway. I like the lines, has all the electronic gadgetry that I need (iPhone/iPod connection, power outlets, bluetooth, usb, etc.) and the cool interior. My daughter said that the Kizashi is the car she wants for her senior year!  For the price, it might just be possible. Put on some racks and I could use this for surfing, kayaking or fishing after work and still go out in the evening for a fancy dinner.

2012 Suzuki Kizashi

That being said, Suzuki has other models that I would definitely use to hit the surf or cast my bait out without feeling the pinch on my pocketbook. The Suzuki SX4 and SX4 Crossover are ideal for getting off the beaten path and yet be ahead of the pack by saving yourself dollars at the gas pump. My ex-boss had a daily driver that she drove from Kahuku to Kapolei in her SX4 Crossover and had it loaded with gear from her kids sports activities. Yet, it made it through all the floods, hurricanes and high surf that’s prevalent out there! So I know the SX4 is “old reliable” in my book.

Suzuki SX4 4 Door Sedan

Suzuki SX4 Crossover

You might remember, the local phrase, “Is dat da one?” and you answered, “Yup, dis da one!” when you found something you really liked. If you’re looking to upgrade to a SUV, then the 2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara is the one! I love sport utility vehicles for their 4WD and high ground clearance. However, they always seem to me to be too expensive for my taste and not worth all that room while it sucked your money in gas and maintenance costs. Plus, they’re harder to clean. If I were to do what my dad had done for my kids, I’d take the Grand Vitara. It’s spacious enough for all my fishing equipment and I can accessorize it with electronics and amenities to make my fishing trip more comfortable. But that’s me! I’m getting to old for the roughing it crowd. Maybe, someday they’ll let me test it out for a year! Haha!

2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara

Subaru: Has What It Takes

I love the outdoors and half the battle is getting there. Thus, it’s natural that I have always been a big Subaru fan. I’ve driven most of Subaru’s lineup (except the Legacy and the Tribeca) in my “youthful” years and was always impressed by their stability and versatility. The standard all-wheel drive kept me on the roadway and gave me comfort that I could get out of tough situations (just like my dad!). The 2012 Subaru Forester and Outback can both be used as daily drivers and as weekend workhorses. They impressed me with a lot of creature comforts that’s not common in other vehicles. Lots of room to change, cargo room, little hideaway places and you can get it dirty, without feeling guilty that you just “dirtied” your car, if you know what I mean. Tint the windows, get some racks and you’re all set for the beach or the highlands! LOL!

2012 Subaru Outback

2012 Subaru Forester

Another reason to love Subaru’s are their tenacity for winning! I’ve watched Colin McRae and other World Rally Champions behind the wheels of the Subaru Rally Team WRX/STI. These cars are fast and have sharp lines! I was able to talk to a bunch of locals who were milling about these cars and asked them, what impressed them most about the WRX/STI models? Many loved the fact that they could drive these race-bred cars on and off-road and never worry about getting home. They also love the fact that nobody would mess with them because of their racing heritage! Nice!

Jose, a Colin McRae look-a-like, in an awesome 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX/STI wagon! Mahalo Jose!

2012 Subaru Impreza WRX/STI

Justin and Tyler doing their best Subaru Hawaii Imprezzion of the Subaru Rally Team in the 2012 Impreza WRX/STI.

The 2012 Subaru Legacy and Tribeca models are great commuters for the family and if you need the extra seats/space, they will certainly fit the bill.

Your Next Move

Choosing the vehicle for your next adventure in the great outdoors needn’t be difficult with both these brands to help you decide. Suzuki for its reliability and utility. Suzuki sticks to this mantra by offering one of the best warranties in America for their vehicles. Subaru for its versatility and stability. All-wheel drive, a penchant for the outdoors and a global racing heritage. Both offer a variety of rides to choose from that are fun to drive for those pursuing an active lifestyle in Hawaii.

I recommend you check out the Servco Pacific website for more information and schedule a test drive at your nearest Suzuki or Subaru dealer. You won’t be disappointed!



Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!

Moloka’i Flats Fishing

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! (Happy New Year!). It’s been awhile and I was hoping that I could get started on my blog and get back into the swing of things. Yet, life held a bunch of surprises that I hadn’t planned on and hence the delay in posting on my favorite blog.

Well, a lot has changed in one year and I am now working at the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. I won’t go into detail but I love what I’m doing under the leadership of current DHHL Chairman/Director ‘Alapaki Nahale-a. A heavy load of kuleana for sure at this juncture in my life!

Anyway, I was going over a few notes from my previous attempt at posting and I came across these links that might help my fellow fly fishermen who try to even the odds at every chance out in the water:

Stream Time Blog (Flyfishing in the Reel World) – A couple of posts with a few tips on flyfishing the Kona Coast of the Big Island. A nice read, as there is not much out there about fly fishing on the Big Island.

Mike’s Catch Report Blog – Nice blog with great pictures of flyfishing on O’ahu. Lots of slideshows! Mike travels to places that I hold dear to my heart. Including the Salmon River in Pulaski, New York and many of the noted historical streams in Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic states. Man! Do I miss the action out there but I don’t miss the cold this time of the year.

DIY Flatsfishing Blog – Getting a guide at a pristine destination will cost you big bucks! I’ll be the first to admit that local knowledge will definitely get you in the better part of the “catch” factor but especially in these hard times, every buck counts. So this site is a refreshing look at how you can start on doing-it-yourself and stretching your dollars a bit. The link is to the Hawai’i post and you get just enough information in finding a spot to fish on your own.

Fly Fusion Magazine (North America’s Fly Fishing Authority) – I’m a sucker for flashy, catchy fishing photography. This site’s not Hawai’i-related but has I couldn’t pass it up during my search for Hawai’i flyfishing sites.

Bonefish Kaua’i – Okay, so this is like, the only island that you can catch trout in a stream, catch bass/peacock bass in the river/dams and go down to the flats to fish for ‘o’io (bonefish)!  Kind of like the Hawaiian Grand Slam with a Twist! There aren’t a lot of guides on Kaua’i and this is one of the rare ones on the internet.

Hope you folks like my first post for 2012 and I’ll continue to write when I have time. Got my writing slippahs back on, so I’m ready!

Hanapa’a! (Fish On!)

Memorial Services: Harry T. Kojima of Let’s Go Fishing Fame

Photo courtesy of Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Reminder: Memorial Services this afternoon for Harry Toshio Kojima, local fishing celebrity and longtime host of Let’s Go Fishing (1981-1998) and Hari’s Kitchen, who passed away on June 8th.

Honolulu StarAdvertiser Info: Visitation 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday July 16 2011 at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel, Waipio, Funeral Service 5:30 p.m. Aloha Attire.

Endangered Hawaiian Honu May Be Delisted

I never thought in my lifetime that I would ever see this happen but the endangered green sea turtle may be delisted and handed over to the state to manage.

According to a Hawaii News Now story, the turtle’s possible delistment is forthcoming :

The Hawaiian Green Turtle, or Honu, has recovered so well since being classified as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act in 1978 that its federal protection may be removed.

“The number of nesting females has multiplied several times over. I think there are at least five or six times more nesting females now than there were 40 years ago,” said Lance Smith, Endangered Species Manager for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Honolulu.

This bodes well for the recovery of the Hawaiian green honu and the Endangered Species Act that made it possible. Now, we have to look at the proper management of the species under state control in the future.

S. Tokunaga Store Ulua Challenge 2011

I was on the Hawaii Fishing Forum again to check out the latest news and results for the S. Tokunaga Store Ulua Challenge this past weekend. Wow! there were some really nice fish! Too bad though! No hundred-pounders this year. Had some really big ‘omilu though this time around!

The final tournament (unofficial) results are as follows from, omer110, on the Hawaii Fishing Forum:

Largest Ulua (Giant Trevally) category:
1. Jason A – 75.2
2. Kalani K – 71.6
3. Bernie L – 68.3
4. Chad M – 62.5
5. Tyson M – 61.5
6. Laron K – 57.8
7. Bruce B – 50.7
8. John B – 49.6
9. John A – 49.1
10. Josh A – 48.8

Largest ‘Omilu (Jack Crevalle) category:
1. Kahana I – 21.4
2. Gerald L – 20.7
3. Shyann V – 18.4
4. Eddie C – 18.3
5. Dane R – 17.6
6. Skee S – 17.4
7. Rudolph L – 17.1
8. Kyle R – 16.5
9. Frederick F – 16.4
10. Brandon Z – 16.1

Mahalo to omer110 for the update! and congratulations to all the winners this year!

You can also check out recent pictures from the tournament on the S. Tokunaga Store Facebook page. Mahalo to major sponsors, Izuo Bros., Shimano and Kaenon Polarized!

I wasn’t able to make it again this year due to previous commitments, but there’s always next year!!!

Hari Kojima of Let’s Go Fishing fame passes away

Photo courtesy of Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Breaking News: Local fishing celebrity and longtime host of Let’s Go Fishing (1981-1998) and Hari’s Kitchen, Hari Kojima, passed away this morning. Hawaii News Now has the latest news on his untimely passing.

Shimano Zircos Fishing Combo Deal

Just got this tweet from @SlickDeals and had to let you folks know! $30 for the new Shimano Zircos reel and a rod to boot from Cabela’s! Heard good things about this reel but not sure its durability in saltwater environment. Check it out! Might be good for akule, moi or menpachi.

I’m still writing my post on the new DLNR director, William Aila, but I’m hoping to get it done this weekend.

In the meantime, enjoy the start of summer and I’ll be in touch!


Jose Wejebe on Facebook? What!! Suhweet!!

Jose Wejebe is right up there as being one of my favorite fishing show hosts from way back when. I learned a lot about saltwater flyfishing from watching him in early fishing shows with Flip Pallot & Sandy Moret (another bunch of favorites), later his own television show on ESPN, Spanish Fly, and attending seminars featuring him and Lefty Kreh (My hero! and a whole different story by himself) at flyfishing shows when I was on the East Coast. Great fun-loving person and innovative fisherman!

Check out his Facebook page and become a fan, to see what’s going on in the dynamic fishing world of Jose Wejebe!

Back Online and Updated to WP 3.1

I know, I know, it has been awhile but things have been kind of hectic the last 2 years for me and my ‘ohana (family). Real busy campaigning, moving back home, dealing with a persistent work injury, leaving friends and a great FedEx job and starting at a new position with Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (a place dear to my heart and to my late father, Donald G. Aweau).

Lost some loved ones along the way as well in the last month (sister-in-law, Gaylyn Lee Allen, and my mother-in-law, Adeline Namahoe Lee) . I will miss them dearly, as they were my biggest supporters.

I thank the Good Lord for still being able to afford to keep my blogs online and for the continued support of family, friends and supporters.

Just a few things to cleanup since the blog hasn’t been updated from WordPress 2.6.3 and I’ll be back online to continue my posts. Thus, thanks for your patience.

Mahalo a nui loa!

Malama Pono (Take Care),

Don Aweau