First Hawaiian Auto Show

The annual 2008 First Hawaiian International Auto Show held at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu was the usual mix of jaw drooling, expensive, automotive eye candy that mixed the old classics up with the latest offerings from the auto manufacturers and local dealers. In this day and age when the price of gas is creeping up to $4 or more per gallon, our fascination with all things automotive is long ingrained within us. The opportunity to see, smell, touch and sit in the multi-thousand dollar technical wonders without high pressure sales people hounding us is one of the hallmarks of this annual show.

Cars on display ranged from the latest exotics to practical sedans, in all price ranges from $15,000 to more than $200,000 each. My favorite cars of the day included the 2008 Lexus LS600 Hybrid, the practical 2009 Toyota Corolla (I own a 1993 model). the classic Ford Mustangs and vintage Volkswagens.

Of course many photos were taken as exemplified by the samples below.

Vintage Ford Mustang
Vintage 1965 Mustang up close

2008 Infiniti

Interior Shot 2008 Lexus LS 600
The $114,000 Lexus LS 600 interior.

1956 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
The vintage Volkswagens were my classic favorites.

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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.