We always look forward to the annual Demolition Derby at Paradise Speedway Maui. We get to recycle some of our old rental cars and have a blast. This year, the last two cars left were our Nissan Sentras driven by KRAC Mechanic Mat and KRAC Team Driver Kim Gale.
For the third time in four years, a woman in a Nissan Sentra (old rental car) has won the Maui Demolition Derby! Kim outlasted Mat in his 1988 Sentra. Mat ended up in the back seat but kept going until he got stuck in a rut. Way to go, Kim and Mat!!!
What was left of Mat’s second place finishing car
Damage to the first place car
Good job, Kim!
Aloha! Kihei Rent A Car has been teaming with excitement as we gear up for a new season of drag racing. All fingers are crossed for another season as great as last years, taking home around 15 trophies for the season. The first race is always exciting, everyone is ready to run down that 1/4 mile . This year’s racers will consist of drivers Mat Simons, Ryan Simons, Marj Hunkins, Dustin Solu and Kim Gale. If you are available Friday February 7th or Saturday February 8th come on down and join us at Maui Raceway Park Located on Mokulele Highway. Gates will open Friday at 3:30pm and racing will begin around 5:30pm, Saturday gates open at 1:30pm with test and tune to follow around 2:30pm and racing around 5:30pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for both student as well as seniors and kids 10 & under are free. Hope to see you all there!
WE GOT THIS!
Ryan and Mat show their trophies.
Dave, who will be 80 in December, hit the drag strip after being the Kihei Rent A Car Racing Team’s biggest fan for years. Now the Kihei Rent A Car owner has his own fans!
Thirty street class racers showed up to see what drag racing is all about. Most of the racers didn’t have a clue about the rules and strategies involved in drag racing. Dave Hunkins, the owner of Kihei Rent A Car, was one of the thirty. But Dave knew the rules. He knew the strategies too. He did 8 to 10 practice runs before the time trials. He took Marj along on some runs to help coach him on the timing and techniques involved. He was ready and he was HOT. Literally. Since you have to keep the windows up and the air conditioning off (you need all the power you can get) AND you have to wear a helmet and jacket, you get pretty heated inside the drag car. Which in this case was one of Kihei Rent A Car’s 2006 Nissan Sentras. The actual races didn’t start until after 9pm. But since the street class was single elimination those young guys were dropping like flies. Dave made it through round one, then round two, then round three. Finally, at 12:30am, when most of us had been sleeping for 3 hours already, he started one hundredth of a second too early and “red lighted”. Out of 30 guys (all under the age of 30) Dave came in 7th! WAY TO GO DAVE! You made us proud!
Mat 2013 Drag Racing State Champion
We are all so proud of the Simons brothers! Two weeks ago Mat won the drag racing state championship and Ryan won the Wally.
The whole Kihei Rent A Car Racing Team has worked very hard this year keeping the cars running at top speed, participating in every race available, watching what the best racers do to win, and learning from their mistakes. All of their hard work has really paid off. Two of the most prestigious awards came home with the KRAC Team. Way to go guys – keep up the good work.
In two weeks look for photos of Dave, the 80 year young owner of Kihei Rent A Car, who will drag race one of our 4 cylinder Nissan Sentras! He has been to every race for the last few years and now he’s gona try it out! You go Dave!
Ryan’s 2013 Wally
Here are the Kihei Rent A Car Birthdays for the month of September:
Kalai Prones 9-7
Leihua Emeliano 9-27
Dean Kikuyama 9-28
Happy Birthday to all three awesome team members!
We love you and appreciate all that you do.
Sweet, Sweet Summer Time On Maui
Summer is a fun season for our Kihei Rent A Car family here on Maui. So many great events that happen during the summer, from drag and stock car racing to visiting the Leilani Farm Sanctuary and the Enchanting Floral Gardens. Read about our adventures… with more to come since Summer has really only just begun. Happy Summer!
MAUI DRAG RACING:
Burn, Baby! Burn!!
The Kihei Rent A Car Racing Team hits the drag racing track for one weekend a month. These races go late into the night and are a perfect place for tail-gating and hanging out.
The KRAC Team is made up of:
- KRAC Mechanic Dean – Pit Crew
- KRAC Head Mechanic Marj – 11.90 class driver & Pit Crew
- KRAC Mechanic Mat – 10.90 class driver
- KRAC Night Manager Ryan – 12.90 class driver
- KRAC Weekend Mechanic Dustin – 12.90 class driver
- Dustin’s Girlfriend Kim – Street Class or Sportsman class 13.0 driver
Here’s the Maui Drag Racing schedule for more summer fun:
- July 20, 2013
Championship & National Dragster Challenge
- September 21, 2013
- October 19, 2013
- November 15 and 16, 2013
MAUI STOCK CAR RACING:
Kihei Rent A Car Racing RULES!
The Circle Track Girl Does it Again! 2nd place is summertime fun for the Kihei Rent A Car Racing Team! Next race is July 6th – head on over to have some fun!
LEILANI FARM SANCTUARY MAUI:
Turtles and rabbits live in harmony together.
For those of you who love animals or have children who love animals this activity is for you! KRAC Bookkeeper Jayne and her daughter took a tour at the Leilani Farm Sanctuary in Haiku. They give the sweetest tours on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am. Go to their website and email them so they know you are coming: http://www.leilanifarmsanctuary.org/ . Leilani Farm is so clean and cared for. It’s located in Haiku so there is a chance of rain. But it’s warm rain 🙂
ENCHANTING FLORAL GARDENS MAUI
Another fun thing to do any season of the year on Maui is the Enchanting Floral Gardens in Kula. This botanical garden is only 35 minutes from Kihei. Find their website at: http://enchantingfloralgardens.com/.
They serve breakfast and lunch and have a little gift shop. Have a bite to eat then wander around the gardens for as longs as you like. It was a really fun Sunday morning thing to do – and we were the only ones there!!
Amazing plants and flowers to see in every hue.
Craines with the cranes.
So, hop in your rental car and go check out some of the activities the Kihei Rent A Car folks like to do.
And please don’t hesitate to call us @ 1-800-251-5288 for directions.