From the Big Island
Hawaii. – This May 23 will mark the 49th anniversary of
the 1960 tsunami that struck Hilo town, claiming sixty-one lives and
causing 50 million dollars in property damage. The tsunami hit
Kamehameha Avenue, also known as Front Street and wiped out
businesses throughout the heavily populated Waiakea area at 1:04 in
the morning. A meaningful memorial frozen in time stands today; Hilo
Bay Front Clock stopped at the precise time the devastating waves
permanently erased a way-of-life for so many.
Big Story from
the Big Island:
I’ve got a special story in the works for you and think you’ll
really dig it but I don’t want to let the cat out-of-the bag just
yet. All I can say is that its core subject connects Hawaii to deep roots that reach way back to hot
rodding’s humble beginnings.
It’s of an era in Hawaii that not many
folks know about which up until now, has taken 50 years for it to
catch up with time. I’m gonna deliver this narrative to you by next
month June and I’ll be hoping that my typed words will prove to be worthy
enough for the story and to all those exceptional folks who are
I’ll give ya’ a hint. There’s a framed
photograph, or two, hanging on a wall in a restaurant located on
Government Main Road in Laupahoehoe Hawaii called, “Back to the 50's
Highway Fountain.” Its owner is Larry Ignacio. But he’s not only a
Out of his passion for nostalgia,
Larry has unknowingly turned his little retro café into a hot rod
shrine, preserving precious pictures of what one historic hot rod
group of today would call their Holy Grail.
So please stay tuned and watch for the
story. If you’ve gotta spark of hot rod in ya’, you’ll know it
when you see it.
a Hui Hou,
If it happened on the streets of Hawaii,
you just might hear it first in Honolulu Streets.
Hawaii's Hot Rod and Automotive News Magazine.