Porsche Club Takes the Pole Position on the Grid for the Makana Kup

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Thursday evening ended in suspense with Edition 808, Team Foreign Objects and Porsche Club all tied with nine vehicles each registered for Oktoberfest. It seemed as if Edition 808 would be the first with 10 since they had the momentum and social buzz going full-on.

Porsche Club of America Hawaii Region

First thing Friday morning, though, Porsche Club slips past the others to be the first to hit 10 and take the pole position. Porsche member Mel Akiyama entered his 1979 911 SC into the Concours competition at 9:06 a.m. He is followed immediately by Edward Yuen at 9:45 a.m. with his 1991 911 Turbo entry in the Show and Shine class for a plus-one.

Edition 808 finally came in a full day later to qualify with 10 entries when Matthew Canepa entered his 1997 VW Cabrio into Concours. Team Foreign Objects came in 12 hours later with Thainalong Vongbandith’s 2004 GTI.

We took to social media’s Facebook to learn that key Edition 808 members were unable to get their broken cars out of the pits and back on the track for qualifying. The breaks happen but there’s still 10 more days before the registration deadline on 15 October 2014.

Important Items for Club Leaders

Updates are regularly posted at the Okakopa Hoolaulea web site. Visit it regularly to be on top of all the information. Please distribute the URL to your club members and encourage them to register as soon as possible. When it appears that the field will be too crowded we may close registration early due to safety concerns. So don’t wait. The URL is:


Some people may be unable or unwilling to submit a registration via the Eventbrite system. In such cases we have will take registrations with payments by check. Here are the options:

  1. Have your check mailed to me to arrive no later than 13 October 2014. Make checks payable to “Mercedes-Benz Club Hawaii Section”. My address is: 2860 Waialae Ave PH 1, Honolulu HI 96826.
  2. Have a friend submit your web registration and work out your own reimbursement.

Anyone without a printed Eventbrite registration ticket, with mismatched tickets or tickets with errors must go to the registration table to complete the registration. Only participants with printed Eventbrite registration tickets with valid information will be able to enter the field via the “quick pass” lane.

“Don’t hold your peace. If you have a question or concern, please speak up.” You can always call me or Michael. My phone, 808-550-8554. Michael’s number, 808-783-5556.

Information and registration for Okakopa Hoolaulea at http://okakopafest.org

2014 TEAM STANDING (as of 5 October 2014, 8:00 a.m.)

Porsche Club Hawaii – 11
Edition 808 – 11
Team Foreign Objects – 10
Mercedes-Benz Club Hawaii – 6
British Car Club Hawaii – 5
TeamBMW Hawaii – 5
Aloha Mustang & Shelby Club – 2
Pacific Supercar Club – 2


TeamBMW Hawaii – 29
Edition 808 – 25
Porsche Club Hawaii – 20
Mercedes-Benz Club Hawaii – 18
British Car Club Hawaii – 13
Team Foreign Objects – 6
VW Club Hawaii – 2
BMW Car Club Hawaii – 1
Pacific Supercar Club – 1
Hawaii Outlaws – 1