The Mercedes-Benz Club Hawaii Section board of directors approved donation requests from the Aina Haina Elementary and Moanalua High schools at a meeting held on September 14 this month. The schools will receive donations from this year’s Okakopa Hoolaulea.
The hoolaulea was started by the Hawaii Section in 2012 as a project to benefit Hawaii public schools. The board of directors voted to expand its outreach for 2014 to two schools as it anticipates an increase in donations. Previous beneficiaries include Nanakuli High School, Oktoberfest 2012; and Kahuku High School, Oktoberfest 2013.
Tony Gayer, Assistant Vice Principal at Aina Haina Elementary, explained that the rain garden and catchment system will act as a flood mitigation area to limit the debris and litter that goes into storm drains. He said that parts of their campus have been identified as potential flood areas. Students from a 4th grade class will partner together with a 5th grade community service group and Malama Maunalua on this project which will also teach relevant Hawaiian cultural values.
Brendan Rasheed, auto shop teacher at Moanalua High School described their situation: “We still are lacking the most basic supplies needed to operate our shop such as; oil disposal boxes, pump oil, replacement parts for shop vehicles…many of our machines are in need of simple upkeep items such as; driers and filters for pneumatic tools, pump oil, lubricants, freon…”
About Okakopa Hoolaulea
Oktoberfest returns to the scenic Pali Golf Course for the Third Annual Okakopa Hoolaulea. Set for Saturday, October 25, the event will feature a car show of Oahu’s finest vehicles, a large tent serving German food, beer and wine, plus live entertainment in the Fatboy’s Fairway Bistro! Local automobile dealers, automotive vendors, car clubs and other organizations also support and help stage the festival.
The event is free to the public. Vistors will be able to vote for their three favorite vehicles in the People’s Choice Awards. Other vehicles may enter to be judged in the “Relaxed” Concours Competition.
Oktoberfest provides Hawaii car clubs an opportunity to promote their organizations, showcase their programs and to build membership. Clubs who have participated in previous shows include the Porsche Club of America Hawaii Region, Team BMW, Edition 808, British Car Club, Team 4NOBJTS, VW Club of Hawaii and the Mercedes-Benz Club of America Hawaii Section.
Drivers who wish to enter their vehicles in the awards competition will be able to do so for a modest donation. The requested donation is $15 per vehicle for the People’s Choice Awards and $25 per vehicle for the Relaxed-Rules Concours. The online registration deadline is October 15.