Car Shines help food bank while offering fun

LIHUE — Pastor Steven Franks of King’s Chapel Kauai rode his Harley-Davidson into the parking lot, and the Hawaii Foodbank, Kauai Branch’s coffers was graced with more than 200 pounds of canned foods and more than $400 last Saturday.

During the 2012 car show, the King’s Cathedral and Chapels raised nearly 79 pounds of canned food items and more than $100.

“We have a pantry program and we know how badly food is needed,” said Ed Batarra, the event coordinator. “This way, people can help while having fun.”

Automotive and motorcycle enthusiasts turned out in force. Organizers estimated more than 50 vehicles filled the parking lot of the Kauai Veterans Center, where they were on display during the Car Shines for Kauai Grinds car show.

“The vision that God gave me of a big car show which brought out the most beautiful cars, bikes, and trucks on Kauai came to fruition, Saturday,” said Lisa Nobriga’s, assistant event coordinator. “We will continue to do this event each year and hope next year will be bigger and better.”

Wayne Costa’s 1969 Chevy Camaro won the hearts of car enthusiasts, earning the Spectators Choice Best Car award.

The Spectators Choice Best Bike was presented to Clyde Kaluahine’s 2007 Big Dog K-9. Kaluahine also earned the Spectators Choice Best Truck with his 2003 Chevy Silverado.

Bobby and Kerri Barros took honors with the Drivers Choice Best Car for their 1956 Chevy 2-Door Post. Bobby took the Drivers Choice Best Bike with his 1959 Trike 3-wheeler, and the Barros also topped the Drivers Choice Best Truck with a 1993 Toyota 2 wheel drive pickup.

The Barros’ also took the Pastors Choice Best Car with a 1929 Ford Roadster .

The Pastors Choice Best Bike honors went to Leong Lim with a 2012 Harley-Davidson Fat Boys, and the Pastors Choice Best Truck honors went to David Nobriga Jr. with a 1959 Chevy Alpechi.

The special Veterans Choice category was awarded to Harvey Maeda for his 1930 Ford Model A.

The Kids coloring contest winners included BB Srom taking the 2-4 age group, Ananiah Ceda taking the 5-6 age group, Shelee Nakaya topping the 7-9 age group, and Martina Aquino taking the 10-12 age group.

All of the winners were presented trophies created out of recycled auto parts by Rylan Kapuy and his dad Rodney Kapuy.

• Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.

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