Governor Neil Abercrombie discusses issues relating to the auto industry with HADA president-elect Bill van den Hurk at the Dealer Day at the State Capitol, January 16.
Dealer Day at the State Capitol
Dealers and senior managers representing most of Hawaii's new-car dealerships joined more than 50 members of the State House of Representatives and State Senate to enjoy an informal discussion on issues facing the retail auto industry in Hawaii. Plate lunches from Kaka'ako Kitchen were provided for the HADA-sponsored "Dealer Day at the Capitol" held 11:30 – 1 p.m., Thursday, January 16, 2014 in Room 329 at the State Capitol.
Energy will be a subject of legislation likely to be discussed at length during this year's legislative session. The Car Factor is playing a growing role in Hawaii's energy economy. Electric vehicles provide a market for off-peak electric charging through the power grid, and the possible introduction of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the next few years may provide a commercial market for renewable, Hawaii-produced fuel. The development of hydrogen fueling infrastructure in Hawaii has been funded for years by a portion of the $1.05/barrel tax on imported oil. The barrel tax sunsets next year and there will be legislation relating to extending the tax beyond its designated sunset in 2015 to accommodate the continued development of hydrogen fueling infrastructure. HADA continues to support the goals of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, with the goal 70% clean energy by 2030—with 40% coming from renewable energy and 30% from efficiencies.
HADA Convention keynote speaker, Bill Underriner, the 2012 NADA Chairman, called for HADA dealers support of NADA's efforts to obtain signatures of U.S. Senators on the Portman-Shaheen letter to CFPB
Waikoloa, Hawaii—At the 54th annual meeting of the Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association, 2012 NADA chairman, Bill Underriner, in his keynote speech, said the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's recent action will increase costs and decrease access for car buyers.
In his Friday morning (October 18, 2013) speech, he called upon HADA dealers to contact their U.S. Senators from Hawaii (Senators Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono) and request that both Democrats sign on to the letter authored by Senator Rob Portman, R-OH, and Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH which expressed concerns about the CFPB's actions relating to dealer-assisted financing.
Hawaii's two Senators would add bipartisan support to the letter to CFPB, which now has signatures from 7 Republicans and 3 Democrats.
Mr. Underriner also officiated at the swearing in ceremony of the 2014 HADA officers and directors following the election held during the annual meeting. Those sworn in for the 2013-2014 term were (with some serving the second of their 2-year terms):
President (serving the 2nd of 2-year term) Mike Niethammer
President-Elect (2nd of 2-year term) Bill van den Hurk
Vice President Eric Fukunaga
Secretary Wayne De Luz
Treasurer John Uekawa
Hawaii Director (chosen by Big Is. dealers) Brian Kitagawa
Maui Director (service 2nd of 2-year term) Damien Farias
Kauai Director Ryan Mackey
Oahu Director Stan Masamitsu
Oahu Director (2nd of 2-year term) Morrie Stoebner
Oahu Director Kenny Ching
Oahu Director Dan Keppel
At Large Director Keoni Hansen
At Large Director Inder Dosanjh
Immediate Past President (2nd of 2 yr term)
Neighbor Island directors were elected by dealers on their respective islands.
Dealers, during the board of the directors meeting the previous day, expressed their gratitude for the service of out-going directors Joe Nicolai and Dan Mackey.
Some 200 HADA dealers, associate members and their guests attended this year's convention on Hawaii Island at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa.
2013 First Hawaiian International Auto Show attendance increased 7.3% over last year
A crowd gathered every two hours in the lobby of the Hawaii Convention Center, March 22-24, 2013, during the First Hawaiian International Auto Show to watch
a contestant select from 295 money bags which had been placed in a Maserati. The opportunity to win $100,000 was part of the $100,000 Giveaway Contest
sponsored by First Hawaiian Bank and the Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association at the show.
Honolulu, HI--Attendance a the 2013 First Hawaiian International Auto Show increased +7.3% over last year. Auto show attendance is a good indicator of future auto sales.
Hawaii Auto Outlook, a report produced by HADA, predicts that new vehicle registrations for 2013 in Hawaii will increase by 6.5% to
47,750 new vehicles for 2013. In 2012, new vehicle registrations totaled 44,830 in Hawaii.
BACKGROUND HADA DATA:
--Total sales of all new-vehicle dealerships in Hawaii: $1.7 billion
--Dealership sales as a percentage of retail sales in the state: 12.3%
--Total number of new-vehicle dealerships in Hawaii 66
Source of HADA DATA, National Automobile Dealers Association, 2011.
The auto show’s increase in attendance foretells good things for the Hawaii economy.
Motor Trend Auto Shows, Inc. produces the First Hawaiian International Auto Show for the Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association,
Hawaii’s franchised new car dealers. First Hawaiian Bank is the show’s title sponsor. Motor Trend produces 22 auto shows in the U.S.
and releases attendance increase/decrease percentage numbers at the completion of each show.
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