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There Is No Rival, Because There Is No Equal.

Well, this was totally unexpected… A couple of days ago, after I finished posting up part 4 of the Eibach 2012 coverage, I was contacted by a guy by the name of Sheldon out here in Maui who invited me to go eat at his restaurant. There had been a couple of others who had contacted me about possibly hanging out while I was out here in Hawaii but it just didn’t seem realistic because everyone was far from us and we did not really know our way around the island. Sheldon sounded like a nice guy so I looked up the directions to the restaurant that he was a chef at, Star Noodle, and found out that it was just 10 minutes away from where we were staying. I talked to the girls as well as DPK David and Rywire Ryan and they were all down to go try it out. It’s rare for us to be able to go out of town and meet some Chronicles fans so we decided to give it a shot. If nothing else, it was going to be a good meal. We looked up the reviews for the place and it got overwhelmingly positive reviews so we were actually pretty excited to check it out. There wasn’t really anything going on out here in Hawaii on Sunday so we gathered the troops and went out to Star Noodle. Totally forgetting that it was Father’s Day, we arrived at the spot with a big crowd of people waiting to eat dinner. I walked inside and asked for Sheldon and the staff there notified me that it was his day off. It was also Father’s Day of course and he had a child, so it was family time for him. We took off because we wanted to come back and meet him and I emailed him when I got back to my hotel room that night. He contacted me the next day and made reservations for us that following Tuesday…

Since Sheldon worked alongside some fellow Honda heads, I decided to try to get some other enthusiasts to meet up with us that Tuesday at Star Noodle before dinner. A couple of others had wanted to try to meet up so it was the perfect time and place to do it. Star Noodle is also in a bit of a secluded area so if cars were to come, there would be plenty of room and nobody would really bother us. I made a post about it the other night and I was honestly a little bummed because it didn’t draw much of a response. Other than a couple of “Likes” from random people on Facebook, there didn’t seem to be any interest at all. I told everybody else that it didn’t really matter if people showed up, because we were meeting up with Sheldon and eating at the restaurant anyway but realistically, it would have been cool if a couple of people showed up. We went sight-seeing all over Maui and were preoccupied with other things, so we all kind of just forgot about it. The original plan was for people to show up at 5pm or so if they wanted to hang out. That way, the sun was still out and I could check out the cars before going inside to eat. I didn’t think that anyone was going to come, so we didn’t even rush to get there on time or anything. I made a follow-up post on Facebook an hour before we left and again, there was no response, so I said “fuck it”, we tried. At least we attempted to get people together while we were in Maui, you know? It wasn’t for a lack of trying. That and it was incredibly short notice and on a random week day, so it would almost seem a little outrageous to have anyone show up….

So we hopped into our rental cars and headed over to Star Noodle. On the way there, we noticed a couple of modded Hondas driving around that we hadn’t seen before on the island. During our stay here, we had only seen two Hondas that were fixed-up and they ended up being employees at the resort we were staying at. We made the turn into the street where Star Noodle was and saw two other cars, but didn’t really think anything of it once again. After all, Star Noodle was a hot spot on this island so it wouldn’t be surprising to see younger people with modded cars eating there… We cruised up a little further onto the street, and to say we were shocked would be an understatement…

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Not only were there a couple of people there, there ended up being around 60 people that showed up throughout the evening in Hondas as well as other cars. It was crazy… we all looked at each other in amazement and got out of our cars to greet the people at the meet. We had absolutely no idea if anybody was going to show up so it was crazy to see all these people here with such short notice. Even Sheldon was surprised himself and had no idea we could get a group like this together…

I have to thank everyone that came out because it was a really good feeling to know that people were willing to get together on our behalf. A majority of these guys lived on the other side of the island so it was a bit of a drive for many of them. Everybody was also very kind and easy going…I guess it just goes with the Hawaiian spirit of things on the island. It was a pleasure meeting them and an honor to be in their presence…

Below are a couple of shots from that evening. I didn’t get a chance to get everything because there were constantly more people showing up and we really wanted to have time to chat with everyone…

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The first car that really caught my eye was this lifted Toyota 4-Runner. Toyota trucks are huge in Hawaii and it was pretty much all that I saw the entire time I have been here in Maui. As one of my Instagram followers told me, it’s big to have Toyota trucks out here and they are often lifted 6-inches with 31-33-sized tires stretched on 14-inch wide wheels. The one above is a more extreme example of what you would find if you have never been to Hawaii… This 4-Runner was also TRD Supercharged as well…Really cool stuff…

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I believe the owner either worked at Star Noodle or was friends with Sheldon. I have a 4-Runner myself that is the same body style so it was cool to see one taken to this extreme…

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Here is the street leading up to Star Noodle with just a few of the cars that were there that day…

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One of my favorites that day was this Civic on Regamaster Evos. It’s a good representation of a build that you would probably find in Cali. Love the simplicity and the use of Backyard Special parts. Really clean car and the owner was a super nice guy…Very quiet and unassuming but judging by his car, the guy knows his stuff… Ignore the big titty lady running on the side, it is totally unrelated, haha…

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His buddy cruised up in this red, C-West kitted Integra with JDM ITR conversion…. Pretty cool to see Hondas like this after almost seeing no Hondas at all the entire trip…

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An S2000 on Enkei RPF1s…

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This CTR-inspired EK actually belongs to a guy that works at the resort we were staying at. It was one of the first cars that I spotted while I was in Hawaii and I saw it almost every morning while I walked to our rental car in the parking lot. Coincidentally, he is also a very good customer of Rywire’s and DPK David was trying to contact him to try to come out to the meet, not knowing that he worked at the same place where we stayed… The hood is raised because he is running an H2B set-up and has to have his hood higher to clear the H22 motor…

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JZa80 Supra Turbo on Volk GT-Us…

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A shot of Star Noodle in the background and Sheldon Simeon, our chef for the night, talking about the island as well as tuning scene in Hawaii…

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Another red S2000, this one with EK fogs in the front bumper…

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B16 turbo EK with a massive front mount intercooler…. Reminiscent of the old Team Rice/DOHCresearch Hawaiian Honda builds from years ago…

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Clean white EP3 on Volk GT-Us…

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A few of the Hawaiian car enthusiasts chillin’ in the Star Noodle lot…

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This candy magenta Honda Ruckus was pretty badass… The only Ruckus that I’ve seen so far on the island before that were stock ones that tourists were riding around in. In Cali, you’re more likely to spot a herd of modded Ruckus’ before you would ever see a stock, untouched one and it seems like it’s the total opposite in Maui. The one you see above is a great example of how to build one, no matter where you are from… Love the Louis Vuitton seat too…

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We stopped to chat with the owner of this hatchback and it turns out that he’s also a good customer of Rywire’s. He even got us together to take a photo with him which was pretty cool…

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His engine bay was shaved and pretty clean… He’s running a Rywire engine harness and also decided to keep his A/C intact because it gets hot as shit in Maui, haha…. I don’t blame him. I’d sacrifice a bit of cleanliness to stay cool during the summer…

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DPK David mingling with the crowd of Hawaiian car heads…

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I didn’t get a chance to get an exterior shot of this EK but it was black with this purple, shaved engine bay. B16 with a GT30 turbo. Just from looking at a couple of the cars there, it seems like it is a pretty popular thing to just boost B-series motors instead of doing K-series swaps. K-motors still aren’t very common down in Maui so guys just turbocharge their motors instead. They also don’t have a dyno on the island either so they are stuck with more basic street tuning. Their tuning is more of the old school way of doing it where you just take your car on a long stretch of road and then make adjustments accordingly… Pretty interesting to know that there are no shops in Maui with dynos and guys who are more into ECU tuning have to take their cars and transport them to another island to get properly tuned…

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Really liked this silver 4-door on some pretty rare Sprint Hart CP New Weapons. Haven’t seen a mint set of these wheels in awhile and it was random to see such a clean set…

After we got everyone together for the group shot you saw in the beginning, it was time for us to go in for dinner. Master chef and Maui No Ka Oi Magazine’s 2011 Chef of the Year Sheldon Simone was anxious for us to try out some of his food so we did not hesitate to go get a seat. He was also kind enough to make the reservations for us so we did not have to wait to get our table for five….

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Our menu for the night. Sheldon actually traveled all over the country to visit various restaurants before deciding what would be on the Star Noodle menu…

We ended up ordering all kinds of stuff as well as drinks. The service was great and Sheldon even made us some food that wasn’t even on the menu!…

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The newlyweds and one of the main reasons why we went to Hawaii, DPK David and his wife Jackie, with their Star Noodle signature “Watermelon Sours”…

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One of the most highly regarded plates at Star Noodle was this Vietnamese Crepe dish… We had to try it and it definitely lived up to the hype…

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BBQ Pork Buns were also a favorite of the locals in Maui…

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Ryan from Rywire testing out the Hapa Ramen at Star Noodle…

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After our meal, I made sure to get the waiter to call Sheldon out of the kitchen so that we could get a photo with him… Not only was the food some of the best we’d ever had, he was also the man responsible for making this all come together. If it hadn’t been for his invite, we would have never came up with the idea to get people together at his place…

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After we said our goodbyes to Sheldon, we walked out to the main street and there were still a couple of cars left. One of them was this EG on black Enkei RPF1s. It was one of the cars I spotted on the way to Star Noodle so it was nice to see that he cruised up to hang out. It was starting to get dark though and people were starting to leave so we took off…

On our way to the car, I saw this really nice Civic with a J’s Racing Lip and Garcia Tuned Speed Choppys so we tried to stop him but he sped off with his buddy who was in a red S13 hatchback…

Earlier in the day, one of the guys that was at the meet with us mentioned that they sometimes hang out down the street at a local strip mall. We had eaten dinner there the night before so we were pretty familiar with the spot. It was also on the way home so we decided to go over there to see if a lot of the guys ended up there after leaving Star Noodle…

Sure enough, there were a bunch of cars in the parking lot. We called DPK David since he was in his own car and he turned around to meet up with us. I talked to one of the guys at the meet and mentioned that we missed out on this Civic and since everybody pretty much knows everyone in Maui, he knew exactly who we were talking about. He gave the guy a call and they arrived shortly in the lot. It was pretty much pitch black outside already so excuse the poor quality of the rest of the photos. I didn’t have much equipment to work with but I think its pretty straight forward….

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The Civic turned out to be a pretty well-known build not only in Hawaii, but also because it was featured in Super Street magazine not too long ago. It looks a bit different now with the Speed Choppys on it but I actually prefer this look over the look when he had Mugen MF10Ls on it… If you want to see some better photos of it and read the full story on his build, click here to check it out in Super Street…

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Mike’s EG had to be my favorite Honda that I saw that day. This thing was on point, from paint to parts selection to the engine bay; everything was just right…

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Mike’s an older Honda head so his bay reflects that. No two-toned engine bay, nothing shaved, and no brake line tuck…It’s actually very reminiscent of the engine bays you saw back around 05-06…

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Another angle of the bay…The motor actually makes some pretty good power too. I think in the story it states that it made around 235whp. He’s one of those guys that is very meticulous about his cars and he had the car sent to another island to get dyno-tuned…

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A shot of his interior with various gauges mounted on the cage and dash…

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This S13 hatchback on concave 5Zigen FN01R wheels was a friend of Mike’s and also his body guy. He was the one that went through the entire EG and restored it to its pristine condition. His worked looked great not only on Mike’s Civic, but also on his own S13. The front bumper is a completely custom made piece….

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A rear quarter shot of the S240SX with 180SX taillights….I was hoping to see more of these on the island after seeing so many S13/S14 builds online from Hawaii but I’m happy I was able to see this one…

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The tubbed and shaved engine bay with N/A KA24DE. He plans on boosting this motor but just hasn’t had the time to. The wheel wells are actually made out of steel trailer fenders….

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I finally managed to get a shot of the H2B set-up on the white CTR-inspired EK Civic from earilier…

We hung out at the parking lot for about an hour and had a good time chatting with the locals. Some police came by but they really didn’t hassle us. They just said what’s up and then went about their own business. All in all, it was a great night. I never expected anyone to come out that night but I was really happy to see and meet everybody. I guess I must be doing something right if we can pull off something like that in a matter of a day, haha. That’s why I love to run this site and show you the tuning scene from all parts of the world. A HUGE thank you goes out to everybody that showed up and to Sheldon Simeon for the great food and hospitality. It’s because of people like you guys that pushes me to work harder everyday on my craft. Aloha and I hope to see you all once again….

10 thoughts on “Surprise Chronicles Meet in Maui…

  1. Ryan Der says:

    Very cool!! Sounds like a good time..

  2. Ken says:

    Nice coverage. Mike’s EG is by far one of the better builds on the island. There’s a few cars on the island with K20 swaps but mostly garage kept.

  3. felipe says:

    woot woot chronicles in maui!!! looks like a great turnout. oahu is waiting for you sir!

  4. Kyusha Kai says:

    I know this is a Honda dedicated blog, but do you have any more shots of that Datsun 411 in the background of some of the shots?

    Come to Oahu next time!

    1. Timothy Melendez says:

      Lol….
      That’s my 67 Datsun PL411 Bluebird
      I think it was the only classic to show up

  5. matt says:

    looks like it was a fun time, time to start touring the country for annual chronicles meets! i’m sure every city you go to would have huge turnouts

  6. JDUB says:

    Hey Joey, awesome pics looks like a ton of fun in the 808! Do you have any more pics of the White Toyota Tacoma X-Runner that is in one of your first pics? I used to have a X-Runner as well but got totalled so now Im working on building my new G37 Sedan. Anyway, here’s a cool vid of the X-Runner from your pic – http://vimeo.com/41400038

  7. Alika80 says:

    Howzit Joey. Awesome coverage! Glad you and your crew had a good time in Maui. Congrats to DPKdavid and his wifey. Hope you make it an annual thing to visit the islands. Imagine if you planned something ahead of time! Anyways, keep up the good work in print and on the site. I look forward to reading your blog everyday. Aloha.

    *How bout a rasta colored chroniclesxMaui/Hawaii sticker? I’d rock it here in AZ! 808 for life. haha.

  8. Goozen says:

    This is what Maui lacks is a good Cruz/meet
    Glad too see some coverage hope you had a good trip while u was here!

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