Vintage Hawaii - Classic Cars
Growls and roars. Bright colors, flashing metal, smooth curves and naked engines. Up and down the black tarmac they pace, hundreds of hungry eyes following their every move. Each month a collection of beauty, masculinity, and good ol' fashioned Americana gathers in the parking lot at the Mililani Town Center and at other locations around the island. A far cry from braggadocio street races and frenzied car movies, this is a family event. Here grandmas and grandpas enjoy the cars of their youth with their youth.
Yes, the cars are vintage, but so is the atmosphere. Our golden-hued dream of the fifties lives on in the sense of neighborhood that permeates gatherings like these. Much of our old Hawaii feels lost in the empty and distancing canyons of Honolulu, but coming to a place where you feel once again like a kid playing kick-the-can with everyone on the block -- this is a welcome respite from our "modernity". Here everyone remembers the first car they worked on and they remember that first time dad took them out to the garage. For them the cars are more than status symbols and simple coolness. These four wheel beauties are a direct physical link to a place that, once passed, exists only in our minds. It is childhood, it is one's youth, our excitement for the great beyond and a yearning for the unknown that our first car brings into knowing.
Experiencing all this brings to mind what has been lost as we've moved from past to present, be it in our own lives as we move from childhood to adulthood, or as a state coming from where we once were to where we stand. Innocence... once lost is not easily regained. Seeing grown men hanging on to these precious bits of their youth is a welcome sight. They may be wizened and roughened in ways, but quietly they see the preciousness of our innocence and the hope it brings. To their children they are passing on that hope each time one of them hands over the keys. So what hope are we passing on?
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Isaac Warsh, Pacific Network.tv