April 23, 2024 2 min read

With the right vehicle, the island of Hawai'i is an adventurer's paradise. Thanks to his built-out 2014 Toyota Tacoma, an offroad companion dubbed the "Shaka Taco," Nic Chargaulaf has been able to tap into all of it, rambling and camping his way around the island's endless natural playground. Here's an inside look at the Shaka Taco, Chargaulaf's trusty exploration mobile and one of HESTS's Rigs We Dig.

Your Name: Nic Chargualaf

Location: Ka'u, Hawai'i

Rig Nickname: Shaka Taco

Make & Model: 2014 Toyota Tacoma

Critical Dimensions:84" long by 53.5" wide

HEST products: Dually Long and double Down Comforters

Is this your daily driver or getaway car?

Daily driver

What do you like most about your rig? 

The offroad capability matched with all my creature comforts has made this truck a joy to take out for extended trips away from the hustle and bustle. 

On your average weekend adventure, what is the gear set up you bring with you? How did you navigate gear storage needs into your rig set up?

I have everything needed to sleep and shower in the truck at all times. My Leer RTT paired with my Dually Long mattress makes for a good night's sleep. I use storage boxes on my roof rack to store the hot water heater, toiletries, and recovery gear.

Any custom details? 

There is 190W of solar on the truck between the hood mounted panel and the rigid panel mounted to my storage box. This allows me to stay out longer without worrying about power.

Coolest place you’ve taken your rig to?

South Point, HI. The southernmost point of United States.

Any projects in the pipeline to get your rig even more adventure ready? 

I am currently building a dual battery and solar system to run the fridge and freezer 24/7.

Biggest challenge in your build out?

Weight. Lots of gear is cool but drivability is cooler, so I'm constantly trying to find the right balance.

Tips for others looking to do the same to their vehicle?

Build for you. What might work for someone on the 'gram may not be your cup of tea in real life. Get out there, use your rig, and upgrade accordingly.

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