Travel

Osaka, Japan…

Been a minute since iʻve posted and iʻd like to think itʻs because weʻve been really busy. Although we do have a few exciting projects in the works, iʻve actually been racking up the frequent flier miles since Moku O Keawe. My latest adventure took me back to the streets of Osaka, Japan. Although it was a short trip, we sure did a lot including a visit to Mino Park. For anyone interested in seeing the Luminarie Festival in Kobe… DONʻT! Iʻve never seen so many people in one place, the numbers had to have been in the tens or hundreds of thousands!!!










-we had to settle for the lights in Osaka Station

#MOKIF2013…

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Weekend Kiholo…

Celebrated my birthday last weekend with some friends down in Kiholo. Checkout FITTED HAWAII for a full writeup of our weekend adventures.




Longing for Tahiti…

With all the recent exposure and video segments showcasing my 2nd favorite Tahitian right hander, I’m really starting to miss this place. If youʻre lucky enough to be there when the winds are right, youʻll understand why any regular footer would absolutely love this wave… and not want to share it with the world!


2007 – 2ft and still showing its potential

Ito Dreams of Musubi…

Japanese rice ball technology from Anna Fujishige on Vimeo.

I can’t wait to go to Japan this month and try this for myself…

SF Chillin…

Spent the past weekend roaming around SF. It was just a quick trip but we sure did a lot. Itʻs always so intriguing wandering the streets of a city with my camera, you never know what youʻll find. Friday night I almost got to witness my 2nd “no hitter” as the Giants gave up 1 run to the Diamond Backs with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th… so fʻing close! Saturday nightʻs game we got styled out in the Oracle Suites. Finally, Sunday morning we got to watch the 49ers opener vs Green Bay game at Candlestick.


















#AlohaNamotu13 Part 4…

Our week on the island was an unforgettable experience. It seemed as if the days just came and went. I was able to get one last session out at Cloudbreak Saturday morning before our 10 am boat ride back to the main Island. It was sad saying goodbye to my new Fijian friends hoping that one day I would return to visit them again. Vinaka Vakalehu Namotu!!!


As we loaded up in the vans that were to transport to our next hotel I noticed a driver wearing an FBI shirt. Not the normal “From Big Island” that I was used to, instead it read… “Fiji Born Indian.” WTF? I had no idea the Indian population in Fiji was so large. Heading back into the city we were dropped off at Jackʻs, their version of Hilo Hattie. Unamused by the cliche tourist crap for sale we ventured off towards Nadi Open-Air Market for a little culture, and that is exactly what I found…













#AlohaNamotu13 Part 3…

When the surf was shit, there were still plenty of other ways to keep entertained in Namotu. Going holoholo with Ulai (the kid from Endless Summer 2 who threw coconuts on Pat & Wingnut), diving & snorkeling, drinking at the floating Cloud 9 bar and exploring the sandbars at low tide. Not to mention, Fiji Bitters at “Happy Hour!”
















#AlohaNamotu13 Part 2…

Wednesday night on Namotu island was Fiji night. The local Fijians entertained us with music and dance, and we all sat around and drank Kava. It was fascinating to talk story (with Abbo) and learn first hand a few things about their culture… the hollow clap for males, process of pounding kava, its significance in gatherings and their way of life. Sig and Kuhao shared in hula and the girls even performed a dance of their own. At the end of the night we released lanterns into the sky. I couldnʻt help but smile as I watched everyone laugh as they made their wishes and set the lanterns free.









#AlohaNamotu13 Part 1…

Fiji has always been one of those bucket list places that I absolutely needed to visit. Iʻve watched the WCT contest at Cloudbreak and dreamed of one day surfing there. Thanks to my many new friends from the “Bula Gang,” last week I did just that. It was an unforgettable experience that I will cherish forever! We spent 7 days on the beautiful island of Namotu, a small private island off the coast of Fiji, neighboring the larger and more infamous Tavaraua. Although the winds and swell didnʻt cooperate the entire trip, I still managed to score a few REALLY fun days at Cloudbreak and fished some of the best grounds iʻve ever seen. Vinaka vakalehu to Alan for organizing the entire trip, Scotty & Mandy, the entire Namotu Crew, and all of my new friends who made this trip one of the best iʻve ever had!










Face Value…


Check out the recent HYPEBEAST post for more info on Kamea Hadarʻs upcoming show “Face Value” at Cukui gallery in San Jose, California.

Waikiʻi to Mauna Lani…






LNF in Indo…

Go Bruce…

Bruce Irons gets the wildcard spot for the upcoming 2013 Oakley Pro Bali. We hope Keramas is going off so he can repeat the 2008 Rip Curl Search victory he had in Uluwatu. Go Bruce!

Aloha Sunday…

I spent the weekend down at Uncle Samʻs place in Omokaʻa. Itʻs been a while since I visited and it was lucky that my dad was in town and able to head down, too. Growing up, his father used to bring him and his six siblings over from O’ahu every summer to stay with the sister (Samʻs tutu). Itʻs a special feeling knowing that I was enjoying time with my dad in the same place that he spent with his dad decades ago.






Merrie Monarch 2013…


















Burton, Snow Porn…

I guess this is what you do in Alaska when you canʻt surf or skate. These guys are Pūpule!

Random Japan…

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Subject: Sleeping Bum with Sky Tree in the background

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Subject: #Selfie, Streets of Ginza

Asakusa…

Just a quick train ride from Shimbashi Station, Asakusa is a great place for shopping and sightseeing. Easily recognized for its large lanterns, Sensoji Temple is one of Japans most popular and colorful temples. The shopping street Nakamise is filled with Japanese food items and souvenirs.

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Subject: Kanazakura
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Ramen, Tsukiji Market…

Besides amazing seafood, Tsukiji Market is also know for serving up great ramen. After a long night out, or for those that just wake up really early, Ramen can be enjoyed at various standup dining spots along the street. If theres a line in Japan, it means its worth the wait!!!

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Camera: iPhone 4S
Camera: Canon 5D MKII
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Sushi, Tsukiji Market…

It’s 8am in Tsukiji Market and all I want to eat is sushi. Sushi spots are like ABC stores here so finding the right one isn’t easy. Lucky for me i’ve been here in the past. Can’t tell you the name of this spot, but if you ever happen to wander in here, you made the right decision. I got “Toro Special” with an ice cold Asahi… was the best $40 breakfast i’ve had in a long time!

Camera: Canon 5D MKII
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Camera: Canon 5D MKII
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Snow Day Mauna Kea…

The term “you should have been here yesterday” pretty much sums up these photos sent to us from our Hilo friends El Kellum and Miya Tsukazaki. Sunday afternoon the road to the summit finally opened back up with fresh snow and blue skies for all to enjoy. For me, it just wasn’t meant to be as I showed up prematurely on Saturday only to wait 3 1/2 hours at the visitor center hoping the road would open, which never happened. Lets just say I was a little disappointed that rangers were so overly cautious!

Just when it seemed as if there was hope, another storm came through on Saturday which kept the summit road closed

Sunday afternoon was a whole different story




I’m guessing this is why the rangers didn’t want anyone up there in Saturday’s conditions. Buddy was lucky that his wife was able to eject herself before the car tumbled down the mountain. Next time he will be sure to put the parking brake on before stepping out to take a picture.

On the positive side, it made for a nice kicker!

Askew1 mural on Pohukaina Street…


“It’s good to come to Hawai’i and join a few dots. I come from the city that has the biggest Polynesian community in the world, South Auckland specifically, so it’s nice to come here that has a very similar vibe on a lot of levels. I painted a portrait of Tame Iti, who is an activist, artist and a really iconic human being from my country, Aotearoa. He’s very distinctive because he has a full-face tā moko, which I know will resonate with the local people and they’ll understand because obviously the people of Hawai’i and the people of my country are related in language and culture. It was nice to bring a little token of something from my land, and also Tame is Tūhoe . I think he is very symbolic of the struggle and fight of the Tūhoe people. It’s nice to address that because there is a lot of people here that feel the same way about the American colonization of Hawai’i.”
Askew1, 33, Auckaland, New Zealand

Big Game Hunters…

Our boys from Kaua’i came through once again with some great pictures and stories from their President’s Day weekend adventures on Lana’i. While the rest of us were focused on Pow Wow down in Kaka’ako, these guys were camo’d out, stalking deer in the bushes during the Lanai State Axis Deer Archery Hunt. Somebody call the taxidermist cause this ones going up on the wall!