The goal for 2005's Hawaiian Isles Autofest was to once again bring together the people of Maui for a weekend of custom-automotive fun. Many people came from all over to show their support for the growing Hawaiian custom-truck scene, and those who didn't missed out big time. In such a small community everyone needs to come together to keep the scene growing and to help it prosper. It's safe to say that Mike Saenz and his Xzibit Wheels crew, with major support from Xenon One, are really doing their part to help the custom-automotive scene on the Hawaiian Islands.
On Saturday morning, the gates opened to the War Memorial Baseball Stadium and it quickly became home to tons of custom vehicles - trucks, cars, custom bikes, lifted and lowered, it was all here. People came out in the thousands to support the custom scene and see what this show was all about. They were probably unaware, however, that they would be given a chance to win the most giveaways we've ever seen handed out at a show. We're not just talking about hats and shirts, but full sets of wheels, custom parts, compressors, and all sorts of prizes to be had. There were free giveaways from Air Zenith Compressors, Car Wear, Covercraft, Devious Customs, Flowmaster, Gaylord's, Gibson, Grant Kustoms, Intro Wheels, K&N, Kyowa Wheels, MagnaFlow, Mechanix Wear, Mothers, Nitza Wheels, Pilot Automotive, Precision Grilles, Prime Wheels, Roadmax, Strada Wheels, Truxedo, TSW Wheels, Vision Wheels, and much more. Many lucky participants went home happy, knowing they'd be back next year to see what sorts of goodies they could get a shot it, and be that much closer to finishing their ride.
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As the sun set on the beautiful island of Maui, the show was really just getting started. Jay-J and Ryan (Jungle Boy) from Wild 105.5, as well as Xzibit spokesmodels Alexia Lei, Pam Rodriguez, and Sandee Westgate, brought the crowd to life with even more free stuff thrown from the stage. Since Xzibit doesn't discriminate and there's plenty of big boys in Hawaii, there was a "soft-body" contest where the winner, Mitchell Mathias sporting his Chic Motorsports booty shorts and thong, took home a $3,000 scooter. After the soft-body contest was over we crawled out of our hiding place under the stage for the infamous bikini contest to see what the Hawaiian ladies had to offer (obviously much easier on the eyes than the previously mentioned soft-body version). When all was said and done, the crowd favorite and a Chic Motorsports model, Maui local Lyndsey Ito, took home the cash prize of $1,000.
The Third Annual 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. Make sure you support your local scene and come check it out! For more information, including how you can get your truck over to Maui, contact Mike and Xzibit wheels at (808) 244-7799, or log onto www.xzibitwheels.com.