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Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Auction Hunters

We got an exclusive show-and-tell session with Allen Haff and Ton Jones of the popular Spike TV show as they wrapped up their Hawaii episode

Posted February 23, 2012 by Melissa Chang

It’s amazing to find that so many Hawaii people are such huge fans of the wildly popular Spike TV show “Auction Hunters,” starring Allen Haff and Ton Jones. This show, now in its second season, follows two artifact buffs as they bid on abandoned storage lockers around California. Buyers have a minute to survey the contents from the outside, then bidding ensues. They then go through the contents of the lockers they win and show the valuable and/or quirky items that they take out for resale.

Both men are lifelong enthusiasts in antiques, memorabilia, weapons, and other collectibles, so their expertise is head and shoulders above the average auction hunter. “There are some people out there who spend six figures each year on storage lockers,” Allen said. “But if they’re spending that kind of money, they’re making six figures as well. They’ve gotta be good.”

They’ve taken their show on the road and just wrapped up two weeks of exploring storage lockers on Oahu. We got to sit with them yesterday to go over some of their finds — the ones they could haul down to the Marriott Waikiki pool, anyway — and talk story with them about the magic of Hawaii.

Here are some photos of a few of their finds:

Meeting the Auction Hunters (1 of 8)

Meeting the Auction Hunters

Allen and Ton show a couple of hand-carved pieces they found in Hawaii storage lockers.

This is Ton’s favorite find from Hawaii, a giant conch shell.

We took a lot of exclusive video yesterday, but will show the rest of it in another blog post just before the Hawaii show airs (we’re not sure, but they think it will be in April — stay tuned). If you want to get a preview, you can check out the clips as Russ Sumida (@Parkrat) uploads them to our YouTube channel. You can also check out Christine Hitt’s (@ChristineHitt) blog about it today at


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  1. jlieu
    Posted February 23, 2012 at 11:58 am

    OMG My dad loves this show!!! I am sending him the link NOW!!

  2. Melissa808
    Posted February 23, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    @jlieu yeah I’m so surprised….so many people from different walks of life love this show!

  3. nonstopmari
    Posted February 23, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    what is spike tv? i’m a diehard antiques roadshow fan, but this looks like more fun bc of the rapport btwn the guys. altho i do wonder what the insides of their houses look like.

  4. Melissa808
    Posted February 23, 2012 at 2:45 pm

     @nonstopmari hit the link, and you can watch it online. Spike is apparently an offshoot of MTV, a cable channel. I asked what their homes looked like and Allen said they live in storage units.

  5. Posted February 23, 2012 at 8:57 pm

     @Melissa808 Hey! Was that a dig at me?! Hahahaha. LOVE the show! What a great day!

  6. Posted February 23, 2012 at 8:58 pm

     @nonstopmari You gotta watch Manswers on Spike TV. Hahahaha. 

  7. nonstopmari
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 2:21 pm

     @ParkRat just googled ‘manswers.’ looks totally in line w/ ur penchants for plain saimin and zero vegetables o.o

  8. Posted February 24, 2012 at 10:16 pm

     @nonstopmari Maybe I need to start Hawaiianswers. Hahaha.

  9. Posted February 24, 2012 at 10:17 pm

     @nonstopmari Oh wait, that domain is already taken! Of course.

  10. Posted September 12, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    The Hawaii Episode of Auction Hunters airs tonight!

About Melissa Chang

Melissa has been blogging regularly since 2007 and has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing and public relations. She is currently an independent marketing consultant, specializing in social media. 

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