Known as “The Huntress” in racing circles, Holly Almeida has been behind the wheel of cars since she was about 9 years old. Her father, Chuck, used to let her drive his 4-speed jeep on his hunting trips, but was surprised to learn from a friend at the time that she was also taking the jeep out on runs along a beach.
When classic automobiles are restored, the enthusiasts behind the build often have to make a decision: Do they go modern, monster-mod crazy with the look? Or, do they keep it clean and classy with the original equipment?
In Bobby Kaawaloa’s case, the Vietnam veteran spent years performing combat assaults as an AH-1 Cobra pilot — the kind that ultimately got him shot out of the sky three times. Fortunately, he would survive each near-disaster.
We’ve covered a ton of hachiroku’s in Street Pulse. They’re considered by many to be the definitive, affordable sports car and are part of import royalty. Yet, we’ve usually only covered those that promote the drift scene…primarily because that’s always been a large focus for the car.
Mike Benigno used to play a little game called Gran Turismo in the ’90s and has remained a fan of the legendary Skyline over the years. He also owned a Lexus RC F briefly following an impulse buy, but it didn’t take long for Benigno to realize that he needed a car with more power — and in steps Godzilla.
Christian Joaquin first became a car enthusiast in high school, keeping close tabs of the import scene while working to modify his own ’91 Honda Accord. This way of life continued for several years until he bought this 2005 Honda RSX and, in an unusual turn of events, simply quit following the import scene. His reasons?
Last year, StreetPulse featured a Lamborghini purchased by Choo family members Steve, Charlene and Puna — a smoking-hot exotic they planned on showcasing at the StreetPulse Hottest Rides competition.
Eddie Sabado is like most enthusiasts — he didn’t start off with the car of his dreams. In fact, he began with something a little less “wow” and a bit more pedestrian. Case in point, his first automobile was a ’92 Ford Escort.
A decade ago, Andy Oshiro entered the import scene with the help of his cousin, Scott Oshiro. Back then, the two would hang out every Tuesday evening at Waialae Bowl and admire Scott’s modified 240SX.
Kyle Bello may only be 19, but his youth hasn’t prevented him from being quite the dedicated car enthusiast. In high school, he began his car collection with a well-loved 1996 Honda Prelude before progressing to a 1999 Lexus GS400.