Kim directs the day-to-day business operations of Kiwi Car Care while overseeing the shop as head mechanic. He is also the lead consultant on all custom fabrication and development as well as performance tuning and modifications. Kim has over 29 years of experience in the automotive repair industry, starting his formal education at just 18 years of age and completing his automotive engineering degree by the age of 25.
Kim’s extensive mechanical background has gifted him with many talents, from diagnosing the most complex automotive problems quickly and accurately to building custom racecars and even a junior drag racer for his daughter (who is now grown and off to college.) Kim’s reputation and expertise along with his passion for high performance cars and motorcycles, makes Kiwi Car Care the choice for some of the island’s more exotic cars and superbikes. Its no wonder when visiting the shop you may see Kim working on a Ducati or an Aprilia and maybe an exotic or two, such as a Lamborghini or Ferrari.
Maui No Ka Oi – Kim decided he had found his home away from home while on vacation in Maui. Maui offered much of what he had come to love, balmy tropical weather, world class wind-surfing, easy island lifestyle and friendly people. After moving to Maui in 1994 Kim started a mobile auto mechanic business, putting his formal automotive skills and expertise to work. Kim’s attention to detail, expert customer service skills and trustworthy diagnosis quickly earned him a strong client base and a solid reputation throughout the island. In 2003, Kim made the big decision to turn his thriving business into a brick and mortar to better serve his growing workload and established Kiwi Car Care Automotive Repair Shop. He prides himself in providing quality service at his shop and has developed an island-wide reputation of being the premier automotive and motorcycle specialists.
Kim’s foray into motorsport competition is extensive and even on the small Island of Maui he was able to find racing opportunities with the Maui Go-Karters Association www.mauigokart.com and auto-xing with the Sports Car Club of America – Maui Chapter www.mauiscca.com With the heart of a competitor who loves the rush of adrenaline, Kim now enjoys racing motorcycles on the mainland with the WERA (Western Eastern Roadracing Association) www.wera.com where he has placed 2nd and 3rd in his class. He has also recently returned to karting and has placed 2nd in the Tag Senior Class. When racing with the Maui SCCA he received many awards such as, Newcomer of the Month, First in Class (E-Mod), and numerous “Fastest Time of the Day” awards and finally the coveted Solo II MauiSCCA Championship.
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Kim enjoys spending his spare time (during those rare occasions where he is not working or racing) participating in many outdoor activities, skateboarding, swimming, surfing, riding trials motorcycles, photography and strolling along the beach playing ball with his Papillion Foxy and enjoying time with his wife of 10 years.
Community Partner – You can see the Kiwi Car Care banner at a number of community events where Kim supports many local clubs and agencies. Even offering his expertise as a driving instructor at Maui’s first BMWCCA Foundation’s Street Survival driving school held in May of 2007 where teenagers were offered an opportunity to learn driving skills in their own vehicles on a closed race course. Other events sponsored by Kiwi Car Care were the BMW Car Club of America Hawaii Chapter’s Spring Fling in May 2006, Maui SCCA Solo II Autocross Events, Maui Food Drive, and Aloha House 30th Anniversary Gala in 2007. In the Fall of 2008, Kiwi Car Care will be offering a scholarship to any qualified student attending MCC majoring in Automotive Repair.
Kiwi Logo – The Kiwi bird native to New Zealand is represented in both name and image at Kiwi Car Care. Born and raised in Lake Taupo, New Zealand, Kim wanted to keep a little piece of his homeland with him. He chose the Kiwi bird as his business logo and put a black rugby shirt on him to reflect his favorite New Zealand Rugby team called the All-Blacks. Now this kiwi lives in Maui and has become the long standing logo for Kiwi Car Care, Ltd.