Many Vehicles at the First Hawaiian Auto Show

2015 First Hawaiian Auto Show

The 2015 First Hawaiian Auto Show sponsored by First Hawaiian Bank and the Hawaii Auto Dealers Association (HADA) concluded this weekend after its annual run at the Hawaii Convention Center. More than 300 vehicles of various types and vintages were on display for the public to see, photograph, sit in, and in some cases even test drive.

The latest 2015 model year vehicles as well as some neat concept cars were on hand. These included the new Toyota Mirai, a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that is expected to go on sale in Hawaii and on the mainland in 2016. Another popular car at the show was the 2015 Tesla Model S. The car attracted such a large crowd that I could not adequately get a good photo of it at the show. The Tesla is an all electric vehicle that costs about $80,000 to own.

There were many vehicles that sold for very high prices if you care to buy one. The Toyota Mirai will sell for at least $60,000. Many of the exotic cars such as Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, and Bentley push six figures. Even cars for mere mortals are highly priced. Many sell for around $20,000 to $40,000 each. Most are beyond this author’s income level.

The good thing about going to the show is that all of these new cars will eventually be on the used car market and sell for fraction of their new retail price. That puts many of them within the grasp of financial reality without taking a second mortgage out on your home!

The show ran from March 13 to March 15 and attracted thousands of people. It is a popular, annual Honolulu event.

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Melvin Ah Ching is a photographer, consultant, blogger, desktop publisher, and computer enthusiast living and working in Hawaii. The Hawaii Files have been online since 2006.