We Remember A Legend – USO Car Club Founder, KITA LEALAO

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Kita Lealao, a Samoan who grew up in San Francisco California, founded The USO Car Club in 1992 along with his brother Daniel Hunkin in the streets of Carson, CA.

Kita is a Cadillac Aficionado, Connoisseur, and Lowrider Enthusiast. His vision went beyond the masses of possibilities and creativity for change. Kita wanted to erase the lines of diversity and anti-social stigma by turning the lowrider culture into a supportive community. Back then lowrider car clubs were perceived and stereotyped to be part of the gang culture. 

The USO Car Club became an international movement in bringing all walks of life together to celebrate the beauty of cars, family, and brotherhood. They made being in a lowrider car club safe. To this day The USO Car Club is one of the largest lowrider car clubs in the world with over 30 chapters across the globe, ranging from Hawaii to Australia, Sweden to Italy and beyond. Kita wanted his car club to be universally accepted in all neighborhoods from all walks of life. He wanted the community to see that unity can be established when you ignite common ground with people of similar interests and hobbies. 

Lealao went on to become a lowrider Hall of Famer and the USO Car Club won the Lowrider Magazines Club of the Year in both 1997 and 2004. Kita Lealao is an icon. He will always be remembered as a visionary with no limitations and the most respected OGs of lowriding.

Written by: Samantha Watts-Hopkins

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