Driving in Honolulu

What may be normal to us in Honolulu is strange to people on the mainland. Don’t believe us? We can begin by telling you that referring to citizens in the 48 states sandwiched between Canada and Mexico as mainlanders is unique to us Hawaiians. Hawaii’s uniqueness becomes more apparent as you take this theory to the streets.

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Driving in Hawaii is a learning experience for tourists and others new to the island. When receiving directions to Leonard’s Bakery, you may expect to hear the words “makai” and “makau”, or even North of [a popular landmark]. To us that’s completely normal, but in the rest of the states, you’ll expect to receive directions like “take a right here and a left on the next street”. Tourists may want to stick to a GPS for directions.

Rather than stating the amount of time a drive will take, mainlanders tend to reference distance from point A to B in miles. The two are quite interchangeable, but the amount of time it takes one person to make a drive compared to another can vary a lot. After all, we all have that friend that drives 95 mph on the H-1.

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Speaking of the H-1, we ll know that you must plan your day around rush hour or else… After all, Honolulu has some of the worst traffic in the country. And although many come here to vacay, we are here to stay, and so is rush hour traffic.

 

USA Olympians: What they would be if they were cars

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Elegance is Gabby Douglas and the Chrysler 200. Like Gabby Douglas for her second Olympics, the Chrysler 200 has made a comeback. Better than ever, we’d say the two are as good as gold.

 

 

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Small, yet mighty, provides the perfect description for 4 foot 8’ inch Olympian and the FIAT that puts the might in mighty. Just like Simone has proven, big things can come in small packages. We think this duo would be a firecracker!

 

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Just like the Buick Regal, Kerri Walsh Jennings has been around the block. She knows the playing field and with three gold medals under her belt, she’s very well perfected it.

 

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With 21 gold medals in his career in a range of different races, Phelps’ versatility is what makes us believe he could pull off being a ride as flexible as the Jeep Wrangler.

Fun Facts About the ‘Sport of Kings’ (Surfing)

  1. Duke Kahanamoku, the “Father of modern surfing”, revitalized surfing on Waikiki beach in the early 1900s.Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 1.34.12 PM
  2. Captain James King wrote the earliest account of surfing known in 1779. He wrote “who had the most supreme pleasure while he was driven so fast and smoothly by the seas.”Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 1.37.55 PM
  3. Surfing is nicknamed the ‘sport of kings’ because it was originally reserved for royalty.
  4. Among the oldest sports on earth, prehistoric stone carvings in Chan Chan in Peru depict surfers.Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 1.38.21 PM
  5. The amount of female surfers around the world has risen by 300% since 2002.
  6. Following WWII the surfboard was revolutionized through materials like styrofoam, fiberglass and resin.
  7. In 1928, the first major surf competition took place in Corona del Mar, California.
  8. Believe it or not, Plymouth University in the UK offers a Surf Science and Technology degree.
  9. Hollywood helped push surfing into popularity with movies like Gidget and The Endless Summer.Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 1.38.39 PM
  10. American Surf Magazine recorded that 66% of surfers think about sharks while riding a wave.
  11. You are more likely to die from a falling coconut than to die from a shark attack.
  12. The longest ride ever on a single wave was 37 minutes long on a pororoca, a tidal bore wave on the Amazon River.Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 1.38.57 PM

Must-Have Accessories This Season (For Your Jeep)

Although it’s always in style to accessorize, with 10% or more off all car accessories at Cutter Honolulu CJDR, it’s never been so affordable to look and feel this good in your Jeep. We’ve created a guide for all your must-have accessories.Screen Shot 2016-07-26 at 2.53.15 PM

 

 

Grab Handles

Do you remember the car game where you would smash the people sitting opposite of the corner of the turn you were taking? Well, it’s a lot more fun when the doors are on, which is why we greatly recommend grab handles for your jeep, especially if you’re one of those Jeep people that like to drive doorless.

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Slush Mats

Keep the dirt and grime of a great weekend to a minimum with easy to was slush mats. Do you know what’s better than 10% off slush mats? 15% off slush mats—we aren’t joking. Get your coupon here.

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Wrangler Door Sill Guards

Do you want to know what’s also 15% off? Wrangler Door Sill Guards. Their purpose is to protect your Wrangler’s door sills from damage.

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Phone Mount

The fear that the turn of a wheel could break your beloved iPhone is the harsh reality of off roading or even cruising without a phone mount. That’s why we are big fans of the Daystar Dash Panels. This is created with perfectly proportioned compartments to hold goods like sunnies, phones, and MP3 players.

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Fire Extinguisher

This one could be self explanatory, but with the dangers that come along with off-roading, we’ll explain that you should be prepared for anything. A fire could happen on your own Jeep or in its surroundings.

 

 

Best Places to Camp Out of Your Car in Honolulu

Camping beachside is not just an activity for the hopelessly romantic and beach bums, it’s for anyone and everyone hoping to enjoy cool ocean breezes at dawn from the comfort of their beloved backseat. But to find a place that is both vehicle friendly and beautiful is a task that we are pulling in our experts for.

 

Lualualei Beach Park

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This lovely stretch of beach presents a breezy paradise that’s secluded from modern Honolulu. Plentiful parking and privacy are just two factors that make this park stand out from the others. Because of the beach’s great space, it is ideal for family and friend gatherings that are followed by a restful night of sleep in the backseat of your cars. If you choose to truly rough it, be sure to reserve a camping spot.

 

Ma’ili Beach Park

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Did you wake up to the sight of white sand beaches contrasting blue waves? You must be at Ma’ili Beach Park! Meaning “Little Pebbles” in native Hawaiian, this beach has big waves in the winter and vast parking year round. In addition to a white beach attraction, it is located near a historic community. Like Lualualei Beach Park, you will want to reserve a spot to enjoy the amenities.

 

Waimanalo Bay Beach Park

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If shade is what you’re looking for, look no further than the tree-covered Waimanalo Bay Beach Park! Plentiful beaches, parking, and sun coverage are the name of this park’s game. Yet again, make your reservation here.

 

Although these sites require reservations, there are often last minute openings and nothing beats camping near the beach in Honolulu! Now that we’ve shared a couple of our favorite places to camp with you, we must know, what are yours?

What Happens Inside The Car, Stays Inside The Car

In the privacy of your own car you could do some things that are… well, strange. If someone spots you mid-boogie, there is no need to panic—we all do it! The front seat karaoke and AUX cord battles are not your unique battle. What happens in the car is coming out of the trunk in this blog!

Sniff sniff–let’s take care of that

It’s been a long day in a stuffy office, so before you go out to dinner with you friends, you do a sniff check at the wheel. You don’t want anybody to know you were sweating in your boss’s office today, so you grab your emergency deodorant from the glove compartment, and give your left and right an even swipe. Does anyone have to know? No. Does everybody do it? Yes.

Love at first sight

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The highway can mean a lot of things for different people, including a place to set eyes on a true love. For you believers in love at first sight, you’ve probably experienced the brief eye contact as your cars drive at the same speed for just a moment. You imagine growing old with the person in the carpool lane, but before you know it, they’re gone, and it is likely that you’ll never see them again (sorry not sorry).

Put some boogie in it

No, not that kind of boogie, although some of us may be inside-the-car nose-pickers. This boogie begins when you find your dad’s Earth Wind and Fire CD and discover disco behind the wheel. Car seat dancing is something we all do, but may be a bit shy to admit.

The AUX cord is mine

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The struggle for ‘shotgun’ has come and gone and left us with a new thing to wrestle for: the AUX cord. It begins a little like this: “Have you listened to Father John Misty’s new song on SoundCloud?” to which your friend replies, “No, but I was just about to show you this Fiona Apple song that reminds me of my ex.” Now, who deserves the AUX when you’ve only got a 4 minute cruise to Liliha Bakery?

Hello self, how are you?

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Some say that any conversation is worth having, but what about an exchange with yourself? Perhaps you’re plotting out a chat you hope to have with your celebrity crush, or a confession to your mom that yes, it was you that broke her vase in ‘98. It’s normal. There are definitely weirder things you could do.

 

Celebrate National Donut Day in Honolulu

Donut get your swim trunks in a twist. On the holiday of holidays, Honolulu delivers with funky flavors and glazed perfection. National Doughnut Day is very near and dear to our hearts here at Cutter Auto. Not only does this holiday make our day, week, and even month sweeter, it gives us a chance to explore the best of donuts in donut heaven.

Kamehameha Bakery

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The early bird gets the worm and poi glazed donuts from Kamehameha Bakery. Open at 2 am, these decadent taro and poi donuts sell out fast. Why? They taste better than they look and, well, they look heavenly. If you plan on rising early on National Doughnut Day, Kamehameha Bakery is your place and the poi glazed donut is your solace.

 

Mr. Donuts & Bakery

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A donut daydream may send you into a deep fryer, but not at Mr. Donuts & Bakery. Mr. Donut bakes his donuts rather than sending them to the fryer producing a flavor that’s all unique to this bakery. Other than that, these donuts are as true to the classic American donut as you can imagine.

 

Regal Bakery

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This bakery keeps it fresh with flavors like cotton candy and maple bacon, but are they delicious? Yes, yes, and yes. Seventh heaven isn’t far away as Regal Bakery has several mouth-watering locations on the island. So, are you feeling adventurous this National Doughnut Day? If you answered yes, bump Regal bakery to the top of your list.

 

Leonard’s Bakery

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Deliciousness can fit a tight budget and Leonard’s Bakery proves that with its light and sweet malasadas. Simple on the outside, these puffs of  tastiness bear sweet island custards and jams inside, making them the perfect donut to pair with your morning coffee.

 

Watanabe Bakery

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These donuts are so cute you won’t want to eat them, but who can resist the adventure of a green tea donut? Not us. This Japanese bakery offers sweet and savory donuts to satisfy any craving. In addition to delicious donuts, all the edible animal shaped breads you could ever want are baked here.

Fix Your Flat in Nine Steps

We love the scenic route just as much as another Hawaiian local, but what happens when you a flat tire strikes outside of town? You pull up your sleeves and take care of it yourself! We’ve laid out nine simple steps to help your car go from flat to fabulous!

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1. Pull over & turn on your hazard lights! Drive your vehicle as far onto the shoulder as possible while avoiding areas that traffic may be difficult to control.

2. Gather your tools! We recommend you keep a jack, wrench and spare tire in your car at all times.

3. Loosen the lug nuts! Turning the iron left will turn these loosen them while refraining from removing them completely.

4. Use your jack! Place the jack under the frame of your car near the tire you are going to replace and raise your car about 6 inches.

5. Remove the lug nuts! It’s time to take that tire off. Simply pull the tire towards you until it’s free. Don’t forget to put your lug nuts in a place where you can’t lose them like your pocket.

6. Put on the spare! To assure that the tire is placed straight, line it up with the lug nut holes. Don’t be alarmed if your spare is smaller or even narrower than your other tires—this is completely normal!

7. Return the lug nuts to their home! Don’t tighten them completely, just enough to hold the tire in place.

8. Bring your car back to earth! Slowly and carefully lower your car to the ground using your jack.

9. Tighten up! Work your way around the wheel gradually tightening the lug nuts—be sure not to tighten them all at once. Once they are all fairly tight, make your way around the wheel to twist them as tight as they will go.

Hand-Wash vs Automatic-Wash: Which is Better for Your Car?

It’s important to keep your car clean for more reasons than you may realize. You always drive safely and schedule regular service appointments because your car’s appearance is important to you. But are you cleaning your car in the best way? We’re breaking down the differences between washing your car by hand and taking it to the automatic washer to help you learn how to better care for your car.

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Convenience is the first and most obvious pro of automatic car washes. Much quicker and easier than hand washing, automatic washers are also more convenient for the colder seasons when you’re lacking motivation to clean your car. Automatic washers are much easier for daily life.

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Convenience isn’t the only benefit of automatic washers. Air-blowers used in automatic washers are also better for your car than hand drying it with a towel. You can purchase air dryers for personal use, but professional-grade dryers with greater horsepower are faster and will help prevent streaking.

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Those are some of the most important benefits of automatic washers, but it’s the negatives of hand washing your car that really prove automatic washers are the way to go.

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Hand washing your car on your driveway in the summer heat may seem like fun or can bring back good memories, but you may actually be doing more harm to your car. Sponges and rags can scratch your paint by rubbing grit into it. Even the soap you use could be damaging to your car if it’s not made for that purpose or properly washed off. Automatic car washes can avoid these mistakes with professional products.

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Ultimately, automatic washes are not only easier and more convenient for you, they are also better for your car. And after you take your car to a quick and convenient automatic washer, stop by our dealership for a service appointment or a test drive.

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Three Tips for Test Driving

When looking to buy a new or used vehicle people usually research the car online, read reviews, and search for a good deal. Often times, the final factor in deciding whether or not to purchase the vehicle is the test drive. The drive may feel smooth and the car may seem perfect for your needs. But what should you actually look for when you test drive? Here are three tips that people often don’t consider when test driving a car.

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  1. Try a variety of road conditions

Test the car’s performance on hills, rough pavement, and winding roads. Test driving the car on a rainy day can also give you a better idea of how well the car handles. Subjecting the vehicle to multiple situations will display how safe the car is as well as how long the car will last.

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  1. Drive multiple cars

When you’re considering more than one type of vehicle, don’t wait long periods to test drive each of them. Driving multiple cars back to back will help you compare and contrast the different models.

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  1. Bring a friend

Having a second opinion when you are testing out cars increases the likelihood that all questions and problems will be addressed. Your friend may notice something strange or concerning about the car you’re test driving that you would overlook. Help from a friend can get you behind the wheel of your perfect car.

When you follow these tips, you will definitely become more acquainted with each car you test drive which will allow you to make the best decision. Now that you’re prepared, stop by our dealership for a test drive!

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