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Ryan Finnerty

Hawaii is known around the world as the birthplace of surfing. In the Territorial Days, Duke Kahanamoku introduced the Western world to the sport of wave riding at Queen's surf break in Waikiki. Now, under the watchful gaze of the Duke statue, Queens is once again the site of a milestone event in the world of surfing.

The 11th annual Hawaii Adaptive Surfing Championships wrap up today in Waikiki. There are plenty of surf competitions across Hawaii – but this one is unique among them. The big difference? Many of the competitors arrive at the beach in a wheelchair. 

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

When you head to Kuhio Beach in the center of Waikiki, you expect to be able to rent a surfboard, maybe get lessons, or even try one of those famous outrigger canoe rides.  You can do this through two for-profit city concessions, which go up to bid every five years.  This time, new regulations will likely mean the end of an era.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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Homeless Youth; CHIP in Hawaii; Recovering MIA Americans; Tin Type Photography

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DLNR Aquatic Resources Division; HIFF film: Corridor Four; Gender Identity

Anthony Quintano
Anthony Quintano

The Doris Duke Theatre’s annual Surf Film Festival is underway with choice selections like Nervous Laughter, about an El Nino year at Pe’ahi, Maui’s notorious winter break, and Alternative Surf Craft, about new and unique ways of riding waves.  HRP’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a film about one longboard ‘s travels through waves and lives around the world.   Surf film director, Jason Baffa discusses current directions.

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Wikimedia Commons

There are many ways to identify factors that spark economic development. Businesses and investment capital can create jobs. Consumer spending can boost an economy. And according to a new study from Australia, a good surf break can also make a difference. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The Eddie Won't Go: Big Wave Surf Contest Called Off

Feb 10, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The saying goes, “The Bay Calls The Day.” But it turns out Wednesday was not that day. Shortly after 6 am, event organizers cancelled the Eddie Aikau big wave contest, after an expected swell failed to arrive at Waimea Bay. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

As the sun rose over Waimea Bay, it was clear to thousands of spectators who packed the beach early Wednesday morning: The Eddie would not go. “Everybody’s down here,” said event director Glen Moncata. “It’s like a party but the guest of honor didn’t decide to show up this time.”

Hawaii Lifeguards: Longer Hours Could Save Lives

Feb 9, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Hawai‘i’s north shore is expecting a huge swell today, bringing waves big enough to hold The Eddie for the first time in six years. The contest is named after the legendary Hawaiian surfer Eddie Aikau, who was also the first lifeguard stationed at Waimea Bay. Today there are three, with more than 25 along the North Shore. But as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, there’s a renewed focus on their working hours.

Jason Bitzer rushes into the water about once a day. "Today we had one rescue for two people," he said. "So it was an average day."

Colin Cook
Colin Cook

Surfers and big-wave enthusiasts are flocking to the North Shore this week for one of the biggest swells of the season. One person who won’t be in the water is Colin Cook. The 26-year-old surfer is still recovering from a shark attack last October, and lost his leg in the battle. HPR’s Molly Solomon recently caught up with him and has this report.

Flickr / Corey Ann
Flickr / Corey Ann

Billabong is a name that’s well known in the islands. There are three stores in the state…and the Billabong Pipe Masters surf competition takes place each December at the Banzai Pipeline. But back in Australia, the company’s having some trouble. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Holy’s Pies Make Waves at Surf Shop

Jul 3, 2013
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

In Hawaii, stores selling swim trunks and surfboards are a dime a dozen. But, as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, there’s a new surf shop in town that sets it apart from the rest. 

Hawaiian Style, 1714 Kapiolani Blvd (across the street from the Hawaii Convention Center) sells Holy's Bakery pies -- peach, pear, coconut, and apple. Call 941-7873 to reserve a pie!