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What's a giant wheeled hot dog have to do to get some respect? It seems Hawaii's issue isn't so much automotive renditions of meat products, but a recent visit by Oscar Mayer's Weinermobile has caused a flap. Honolulu's mayor welcomed the rolling frank, even honoring it with "Oscar Mayer Wiener Day," while a local organization known as Outdoor Circle wants to make sure it's the last time the Weinermobile visits.

Sure, an orange and yellow vehicle in the shape of a hot dog might be tacky to some, but Outdoor Circle has taken real umbrage and wants it to be clear that the big dog shouldn't come back. A 1927 law banning all billboards on the islands is being cited, along with a more recent, more relevant ban on vehicles solely intended for advertising also being used in the outcry. The welcoming mayor has vowed to look into the supposed violations, though there's apparently a lack of official complaints. Aren't there better things to do, especially in such an idyllic locale, than carp about some corporate mobile home with funny bespoke bodywork? Go surf, or something -- it's not like it crashed into anything untoward.

[Source: Gadling, Photo: Newton Downtown Car Show]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe you folks should see what the actual local newspapers say about this. It is one group opposing the Weinermobile.. not the entire state: http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20090724/NEWS01/907240364/-1/RSS02?source=rss_localnews
      • 5 Years Ago
      Some folks have way too much time on their hands.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If indigenous Hawaiians are so upset about giant eyesores, why don't they take a look at themselves? I've never seen so many fat, ugly people in my life.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow, what an ass... How's life on your pedestal?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think if I lived in Hawaii, all of the dumb tourists would get to me before any rolling advertisements ticked me off.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Golferal, thank you for referring to Hawaiians as natives. It has been a very long road for Hawaiians who are fighting to regain their rights as indigenous people of Hawaii. But, I know it wasn't meant as a compliment and deserves no more comments.

      Kumar, is your problem with Spam? or Hawaiians? Lol. Hatred and Racism.. not worth any more comments.

      mercuryhybrid, at no time in this article has it referred to any indeginous Hawaiian. Please keep your racist comments to yourself. It's people like you that make this whole world uglier. FYI, Jarah Mariano, Kelly Hu, Patricia Ford and Brooke Lee - former Miss Universe are just a few women of Hawaiian descent. (Aww, did you go to Hawaii thinking you were all that? Hahaha, not in Hawaii, welcome to the world outside your comfort zone)

      But I digress, these posts of hate are not the fault of the posters, but the fault of the writer. The title of this article left it open for hate posts. Dan Roth, you should be ashamed to call yourself a writer.

      Hawaiians are not the ones with the problem here. Outdoor Circle is a bunch of caucasian (white) women that has a problem with this. Please consider rewording your article.

      For the record.. I am Happy to say my children have enjoyed the weinermobile experience. They sang the jingle, enjoyed some dogs and shared their moment with family and friends.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow. You suck. Your diatribe about native this and hatefilled that and racist blah blah. So unappealing. You just made sh!t up to sound like a damn victim. Grow up. The more you bitch and moan about racism and hate and all this other crap on a website about cars, the more I hope people hate your kumbaya lets hold hands BS world. Grow some damn skin. There is no tone of racism in this artcile and there is no tone of hate in the posts either. You have to look really hard and have really thin skin to pull that off. Lets go through your post and see what we have here:

        1) You give out a nice backhanded compliment. Thank for you complimenting me even though you didnt mean to say it that way. Nice way to make friends. Anyone born in Hawaii is a native Hawaiian. Learn the difference between the term "native" and decendent." You seem to know it, but Im just assuming that you dont because I think you suck.

        2) I guess you dont really live on the island because if you did, you would know how much the native Hawaiians(not just decendent Hawaiians) enjoy Spam. This is because of the location of the island and during WWII blah blah they ate it cause it was available and they continue to eat it this day. He has no problem with Spam or Hawaiians. Just because he says they will follow it around like an icecream truck doent mean anything. It means that Hawaiins like freakin Spam!!!! No racial tones or hatred there at all. Just a bunch of factual observations.

        3) Again no racistism. Just you over reacting to a misused word. BTW the rest of the world produces beautiful women too. They also produce fat and ugly people. He probably saw fat tourists. Maybe he didnt but Im sure there are fat and ugly people of Hawaiian decent. But I dont see the problem or how someone is racist for calling someone fat and ugly. Unless you live in a Kumbaya hold hands type of world. Grow some damn skin again.

        4) Dan Roth did a fine job writing the article. You are the one who thinks its hate filled because he present all the facts? Or because other people didnt read the article? or because someone misused the word indiginous? Dan mentions the group, Ourdoor Circle and then askes isnt there something better to do in paradise besides bitch about stupid stuff? You answered the question better than any of us could. The answer is no. There is nothing better to do than complain about stupid stuff. After all, here you are complaining about how an article portrays you, assumably a decendent Hawaiian when the LAST people I thought of in this artcle were decendent Hawaiians. Of course it was a bunch of white people complaining. They probably havent washed their hair or taken a shower in a week. Or they live in the biggest houses on the island. All white people do is complain. I would know. Im white and thats all I do. Along with holding people down.

        In conclusion. Grow up you racist. Its always the ones that start with that crap that are the biggest racists. Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Malcom Jamel Warner. Wait that was Theo Huxtable on the Cosby Show. Reverned Wright. All those guys except Theo are biggest racists than the people they accuse. Just like you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Don't kid yourself folks. Honolulu is not as idyllic as you think. In fact, being a native of SoCal and the beaches here, the scene is much of the same. Too many people, paralyzing traffic, and the hustle and bustle of a city center. At least the water was nicer though.

      In any case, if it were a drivable pineapple I doubt the natives would have a problem.
        • 5 Years Ago
        But at least Hawaii does not have so many greenie nuts like California.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's not all natives that dislike the Wiener mobile. Only a certain bunch of idiots called the Outdoor Circle.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Outdoor Circle is not the only ones who support the ban on billboards. We do not have the space to clutter our islands with billboards or 'hot dog' vehicles. Yes, it is bad enough that the tour buses are out there in our face. Many Hawaiians and haoles appreciate the beauty of our islands and the people. There is no comparison of Hawaii and California. We don't want amusement parks like Disneyland. You have them, enjoy them. Let us enjoy the beauty of our home. You are in no position to judge what we do to keep our islands clean of massive ad signs. You like the signs and the hot dog truck, you may keep them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe its because the Wienermobile drag races, as I saw last week in Honolulu on the way to dinner!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1z6FyNKABE
      • 5 Years Ago
      Palm Springs CA also bans billboards, and let me tell you, the town looks A LOT better that way.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I knew this would come up here eventually.

      The 'no billboard law' is to 'keep the beauty of our precioius aina (land)'. I guess the only way to change it (or let them come back) is to have them cook those hot dogs at events (since the primary purpose of the wienermobile is to promote their products).

      And yes, I've seen local stations talk about a spammobile. They might as well turn it into a spam musubi mobile because that will be the most popular item they'll sell.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Envy?
      • 5 Years Ago
      They don't have billboards there? wild, I have to see that. I didn't know people were getting that bad that they would ban a hot dog truck, do they even allow ice cream vans there?
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