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About '62, just getting to be able to find my ass in the dark with both hands, mom drops us off at Officer's beach early in the morning, it was huge.

We kept paddling out to the next reef after a few rides, finally we are so far out the quonset huts at Barber's are barely visible, we are at least a half mile to 3/4 a mile off shore and some sets are still breaking outside of us.  A set comes at me and I start paddling as hard as I can, the tail raises up the wave and I jump to my feet and side slipped all the way to the bottom and I'm standing inside of the first tube I've ever been in, it's freaking huge 10-12 feet if not bigger.

The spit blew me out onto the face and some how I made the wave, kook the I was, not after much longer the wind did an about face and came onshore hard, the paddle/rides back were tougher than the paddle out, but nearly 50 years ago and it is still one of the mile stones for me.

Every one did it without leashes, if they could, some one would hook a toe on the nose of your board and paddle it back to you, today they'd push it into the white water and make you swim more

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About '62, just getting to be able to find my ass in the dark with both hands, mom drops us off at Officer's beach early in the morning, it was huge.


We kept paddling out to the next reef after a few rides, finally we are so far out the quonset huts at Barber's are barely visible, we are at least a half mile to 3/4 a mile off shore and some sets are still breaking outside of us.  A set comes at me and I start paddling as hard as I can, the tail raises up the wave and I jump to my feet and side slipped all the way to the bottom and I'm standing inside of the first tube I've ever been in, it's freaking huge 10-12 feet if not bigger.


The spit blew me out onto the face and some how I made the wave, kook the I was, not after much longer the wind did an about face and came onshore hard, the paddle/rides back were tougher than the paddle out, but nearly 50 years ago and it is still one of the mile stones for me.


Every one did it without leashes, if they could, some one would hook a toe on the nose of your board and paddle it back to you, today they'd push it into the white water and make you swim more


 


thats nuts jim. never EVER seen o-beach hollow enough to get a head dip much less getting blown out of a gaper. that place mustve really changed. i hated that place growing up, before i got my license i was often stuck surfing there with my buddies who loved the place. once i got a taste of good surf like on the north shore or even the west side its where i wanted to be. especially during winter. if i could hop in with some of the older older guys like vince auld, dale bemis, jon boudreau, mike goines then i would. and coming over that hill and getting our first look at all the whitewash on the outside reefs was always exciting and sometimes terrifying. wed usually meet up with guys like johnny boy, bird mahelona, junior and alika moepono for the pre-surf "extra-curriculars". here i was all of 13 hanging with these guys who were giants in my eyes. usually stoned and nervous as s**t. even rubbed shoulders with cheyne horan and tom curren who was my idol. i paddled out on alot of days i probably shouldnt have and got dirty lickins at off the wall, at sunset, and pipe a few memorable ones. hehe... but i guess thats how you learn. nowadays i usually surf close to home if possible. alot of west side, especially this past winter because it was swell after incredible swell. campbells was totally different back then. we used to camp there as kids and occaisonally scored. ive included a little clip of the right and left all the way down behind the chemical plant. back in the old days this place wouldve been nearly innaccesible so its a good bet the first time you folks have seen it.


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Nice video Makakilo! Campbells... Mike Kendall worked for meat packing plant there long ago and used to eat lunch down by the water looking at the waves. As far as I know, no one ever surfed there back then. One morning we drove from Ewa Beach down to an area that Mike said "had some unreal tubes brah" ., It was a big 6' foot, feathering pretty far out side, and there were some unreal tubes, brah.  The water coming over the ultra shallow inside reef was moving sideways with the back wash. We walked over the reef, stopping when a wave came in cause you couldn't see the wana/sea urgent through the white water, then walking as fast as possible when the water went out and we could dodge the wana. Finally getting to the drop and jumped in with the boards, fin up, cause there were coral heads and we didn't want to knock our fins off. Then it was paddling through wave after wave after wave. No channels. finally getting to where we thought was outside. surfed a few waves. Nice! fast and steep and hollow. Then the three of us were sitting outside, and we saw feathers way outside of us. everyone cranked their boards around and paddled as fast as we could, but no way. We got hammered! I lost my board on the 1st or 2nd wave; just couldn't hold on to it. Steve lost his on a different wave. Before we both started swimming / body surfing in, we saw Mike make a real late take off on this impossible wave. He made the drop, but the wave was closing out. It had to be solid 8+'. So Mike, being crazy as Mike was, instead of trying to lay down and ride the white water in, he turns right into the closing out wall and gets into the green room. No way out, guaranteed. Then him and his board come sucking over the falls. All of us in the water. All our boards washed up in the rocks. My 1st day at Campbells. I surfed there a few of times after that, but that was the most radical day I ever surfed there.

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Nice video Makakilo! Campbells... Mike Kendall worked for meat packing plant there long ago and used to eat lunch down by the water looking at the waves. As far as I know, no one ever surfed there back then. One morning we drove from Ewa Beach down to an area that Mike said "had some unreal tubes brah" ., It was a big 6' foot, feathering pretty far out side, and there were some unreal tubes, brah.  The water coming over the ultra shallow inside reef was moving sideways with the back wash. We walked over the reef, stopping when a wave came in cause you couldn't see the wana/sea urgent through the white water, then walking as fast as possible when the water went out and we could dodge the wana. Finally getting to the drop and jumped in with the boards, fin up, cause there were coral heads and we didn't want to knock our fins off. Then it was paddling through wave after wave after wave. No channels. finally getting to where we thought was outside. surfed a few waves. Nice! fast and steep and hollow. Then the three of us were sitting outside, and we saw feathers way outside of us. everyone cranked their boards around and paddled as fast as we could, but no way. We got hammered! I lost my board on the 1st or 2nd wave; just couldn't hold on to it. Steve lost his on a different wave. Before we both started swimming / body surfing in, we saw Mike make a real late take off on this impossible wave. He made the drop, but the wave was closing out. It had to be solid 8+'. So Mike, being crazy as Mike was, instead of trying to lay down and ride the white water in, he turns right into the closing out wall and gets into the green room. No way out, guaranteed. Then him and his board come sucking over the falls. All of us in the water. All our boards washed up in the rocks. My 1st day at Campbells. I surfed there a few of times after that, but that was the most radical day I ever surfed there.


eh ewabeachrd. thanks. i think this spot (link below) is the spot youre talking about. hehe... yeah you guys prolly attempted it on a northwest swell. no channel, mostly closeouts. the secret is big south swell, high tide and you can get it like this. theres a certain place for paddle out too or else youll get buss up. do you still live in hawaii? still surf? id be glad to meet up with you next swell for a surf out there, though it can be finnicky which is why its never crowded.


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Hey Makakilo,


 


Thanks for the offer. Nice to paddle out with someone who know the lay of the reef, especially in crazy breaks like that! But no, not living in Hawaii now, but maybe take you up on that one of these days. Living on a different island now, Bali. and do as much outer island traveling as possible, but mostly dirt biking now days (didn't break enough bones when I was young, I guess). But just got 3 of my boards in and plan to get back in the water soon; especially after reading these great blogs on old Ewa Beach days. Thanks for the flash-backs! How's life on Bolo-head Mountain these days?


Cheers!  

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Hi Shark country

I used to surf with a Mike Nii from ewa beach.  Walked from his house to shark country to surf. Met his brother once 

out at Alii beach. Is it the same Nii Family. The last time I talked to Mike he wanted me to check out a kneeboard his friend bought.

Aloha, Hannya

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Any one remember Herbert Pruce shredding Empty Lot? Or the Carson brothers at Shark Country? How about the false killer whales at O beach at BP?

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Hannya, I'm sure the Nii family you know is Randy's family. They live about a 1/4 mile from the end of the road where the beach road starts. I didn't know Randy's older brother, but I know he had one and a younger sister. I think his Mom was Italian or something, definitely had a European accent. She wasn't afraid to scold all of us for anything we did wrong.

I heard Randy had a bad accident while skiing and that's how he died. He was good friends with the Bacalso family and most of the Bacalsos moved to Maui. I think only Tony and maybe the youngest brother are on Oahu.

The break just Kokohead of Swabis is Rip Van Winkle. Sometimes we'd surf there if Swabis was crowded.

First time I surfed Swabis I was the last one of about 6 guys to jump off the jetty. I got caught there when set came through and it sucked dry before I could jump. I got nailed and had a pretty nasty cut on my knee, but I went out and we surfed for at least an hour or 2. When we came in my leg was still bleeding and it was bleeding pretty good. All my friends freaked out because the blood was all the way to my foot. They didn't know I had cut my leg so bad and they were shocked I didn't get attacked by a shark.

Hey Empty Lots, I knew 2 Bell families when I was growing up. One guy was named Jimmy and his dad used to rep STP products, and they had those cool stickers that all the hot rodders had. Jimmy was one year older than me and we went to Ewa Beach Elem. I used to go to Mr. Wong's Chevron station to get those STP stickers. I was friends with the Wong boys back then.

The other guy was a year or 2 older and went to Kamehameha. He was a big guy and played football. I think he and Cal were classmates. I remember asking him if he was Jimmy's brother, he said no but they were related.

Cal recently moved back to Ewa Beach. I see him at Kamehameha now and then. Our kids will be graduating this year. I saw Clay and Cal couple of years ago when they had their re-union. Clay is bolohead now. I told him I didn't recognize him because he always had this massive wild hair that added to his "no mess wit me" look. 

Dicky Delonge and Jim Green were the 2 big time shapers for all us kids, but I never did have a board made by them. That was about when most boards went from being a Surfline to being a Bolt. Never had either one. I did get my boards from local guys like Issac Tanaka and Gooney. 

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Hey Jim, around 1980 or so I was on a 5-8 round pin thruster from Downing Hawaii out at Officer's. It was one of those days where you could catch a wave from the outside reef and ride it all the way to the beach. Not many guys out and I kept going further and further until I was way outside there all by myself. Had a couple rides then realized that I was being kinda stupid all by myself on such a short board. The next good set comes in and I just kept going all the way through the double ups and to the inside. When everything is right Officers can be such a great wave.

I hear that the SUPs are loving those outside reefs.

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Randy Nii's brother is Mike Nii. His sister, Sandy (OMG Beautiful) Nii.


 


Herb Pruce, Kevin Johns, Mark and Chris Gardner, Butch, Nate, Cuevas, et al,  kinda put Ewa Beach on the good surfers list. Remember when Chris Gardner won the Makaha Internationals? Must have been about 68' +/-. He was on a short, purple round nose / round tail board with a tiny fin, which seemd strange cause Makaha probably solid 8' that day. He may have been the 1st person to do a 360% in a contest, and that's probably what helped him win the contest. Most of us hadn't seen a 360 done like that before. BTW, I ended up with that board, called The Grape, and rode it until it was completely water logged. But I did get a lot of 360s in before that! Good fun days..

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1st time I surfed North Shore, Jim Greene brought me and Jake Gaynor surfing there. We surfed Pupukea Sandbar and Rocky Point. I'll never forget how blown out I was with the thickness and strength of the waves compared to Ewa Beach! After that, spent much of our school weeks trying to find older guys that had cars to take us to North Shore. Steve Sage's older brother (Billy?) with his VW Bug was usually game. We'd chip in lunch money (quarters) for gas, load boards on roof, and coast down the hills from Kunia to NS as much as possible, then do the same on the way back. Funny! Except when we finally came to the top of the hill in the pineapple fields after passing Kimo Farms and Scofield Barracks and could see white-water way outside from Kaena Point to past Haleiwa and as far down the coast as you could see, and Avalanche feathering and breaking huge a mile outside Haleiwa. All of a sudden everyone went silent, then everyone had to pee. :-) . 

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That moment when you come over the top of the hill and see whether you're going to have a good time or be freaking is probably burned into all of our memories.

My friend Mark Kahalekulu used to take us up to the country in his VW van. We almost always went on Kaukonahua Road. down towards Waialua. He'd turn off the engine and we'd coast down. By the time we get half way down we're flying around those turns and everyone is hoping we make it without rolling over. My brother and I did that with my dad's Toyota station wagon and we ended up burning out the neutral switch because the car had to be on to be able to steer it.

We'd stop at the pump house at the top of the hill just before Ewa Town on the way home and go for a swim in the ice cold fresh artesian water. Sometimes we'd ride the flume across Ft Weaver rd. a couple of times.

I remember watching Chris Gardner on big days out at Shark Country with his Greg Noll Waimea stance. Mark Gardner and Brutus used to wear those man thong sock suits and everyone would be freaking out. Brutus had a first hollow board I saw, and the first Bonzer. I always loved the way Jake would surf with his arms out like a seagull flying so smooth. Joey Gaynor told me Jim Greene was his sister's boy friend back then.

So Ewa Beach Road, which Bell family are you? Did you or your brother go to Kamehameha? 

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Hey Sharkcountry,


No, I'm the haoli Mike Bell, and my brother Dan from Ewa Beach Road. I knew James and Barbara Bell from Papipi road area, though no relation.


The pulies; cold artesian water pumped from way down under ground to water the cane fields. They were great! and there were usually avocado, banana, papaya and mango trees close by, so could cure the munchies when swimming there. There was 1). The Pulie; up above Honouliuli with a small stream that went into a big reservoir. We went almost daily when a bunch of us (Fredy Vogelgsang, Jody V, Kevin Palmerton, Gooney, The Walshes, others) lived in Honouliuli. 2). Toilet Bowl; off of Farrington Hwy, before Makakilo on makai side of road. Big pipe about 10' above the ground pumping water into a reservoir. Years of pumping eroded a big hole on the bottom, and we used to jump in and get pushed down to the bottom (like a toilet). You'd have to cling to the sides out of the impact zone to get out or you would drown. Good fun! but not too smart :-). 3). The Well: On the side of the mountain below Timberline. This one probably the most famous of them all. A lot of us used to cut out of school and go up there and hang out all day when there were no waves. The water was pumped from a big pump house at the bottom of the hill into a round cement holding tank about 15' diameter, then went off into a cement flume that we used to ride in and jump out before it went into and underground tunnel.  Mark Gardner was the 1st one to ride into the tunnel. Scary stuff! cause no one knew what would happen. It was pitch black in there once the tunnel turned to the left, so for a while, completely blinded. Then there was a small opening far up ahead that you could climb out through and walk back along the dirt road to the well. If you missed the opening, you were gone. The water dropped off into a dark tube. We all did it. I can't count how many times I did. We were nuts. Oh, and the pump house that supplied water up to the well had an old elevator in it that went way below the ground to these massive pumps. The 1st time I went down was with Scoopy, Robbie MacDonald, Richard Murton and Shirley Rogers. Scared the hell out of all of us, but we kept going. The elevator was the kind with no sides, so you saw the dirt shaft on the sides all the way down (there was a light bulb hanging from the middle). The further down, the louder the pumps got. When you finally reach the bottom it's so loud you can't hear each other talking. A trip. I only did that twice cause I had nightmares that the elevator would get stuck.


Couple other reservoirs right up on the timberline where the pineapples stopped, closer to the Kunia, but you had to 4 wheel drive or ride dirt bikes to get to those, which we did a lot; Paul Shepard, Sid and Jeff Walsh, Albert and Tony-boy Ferrera, Bill Gerad, Nelson Oasay, Ole Winther; we all had dirt bikes and new every dirt road that was up there at that time. Anyone remember the cabin on the top of the mountain? Military built it after Pearl Harbor attack. if you made it all the way to the top (motor cycles or hiking only) you'd look down over Nanakuli on the west side of the island. Very cool spot. We did get Rob's dad's Wagoneer about 1/2 way up once. Smashed the s--t out of it though. Rob's dad wasn't impressed.  


And then there was BIG RED.. but that's another story.


Awesome memories. Awesome days.

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Aloha Mike! Cals ph# 895-6588 (c) 689-4858 my Moms # He live with her. Small kine facts: Nathan moved to Maui w/ Barney Siva around 73. We lived together for awhile. We just was surfin at Oluwalu last week. Hes my sons God father. Rocky Kualapai moved over later and he lived with me too until he was able to get his own place. I did Rockys Funeral at Hookipa. Both his brothers Buddy and Chico came over.


Concerning Ewa Beach Surf Club, it was probaby the oldest in Hawaii. Hui Nalu, Wakiki Surf Club were canoe clubs. My dad paddled with Hui Nalu on the first Molokai crossing. Speaking about Molokai, Doug Kingsley lives there. Here are some of the oldest members: Auggie Roback, Mits and Mousey Moody (Nathans brothers) Sadowskis, Louie, Johnny, Puni, Les Enomoto ( one of the best ever) Barney Silva (Silva Store) Guy Kamaka.There were others but I can't remember their names right now. Gotta talk to Nate, Issac and Mel Behasa go back to memory lane. John Sadowskis back in EBR caring for his mom. Hed be a good one to talk to. Surfed withn John at EL a few years back. He still rips. yes Butch was right about how u got in at EBSC. Jan and her Husband were great people. Mrs. Husic took me to Sunset when I was only 13. What a trip that was for me. The power wow!!. Kevin Johns, Paul Sheppard, had license before me, so I was always bugging them to go north shore. Kevin took me to Haleiwa, Chuns, Lanikea, and Pupukea (now Rockys Right). Kevin and Chris moved to Maui in 67-68. they helped influence me to move there.  When I got my license i started taking the EB Road Boys to the north shore and west side. This included George Kaholokula, Rick Phillips (Tommys oldest brother) Mel Behasa. I remmeber surfing Maile Point w/ Dougie Kingsley in 1963. Discovered Yokohama Bay and was hooked. Remember surfing out there with Buff on a really huge day.


Norman Nauka was a classic. Was doing lay back turns on my fathers 10'4" back in the 60's. Few people knew that Norman was like my brother. His Parents lived across street from me Aunty Hanna (Norms mom) had a common law marriage w/uncle John Panoke. Norman was hanai  by us and lived with us from 1958 -1966. He later moved to the Big Island and married a Kaaihue girl. Think hes in Nevada now.


Cambells was our secret surf spot during the 70's. Pete Thompsons dad took me there in 1963-64 right in front the smoke stack. Later when I came home from playing ball at Arizona, George and Rick got me there again about 1968-72. Our crew: George, MG, Issac, Mel B.,Nate Moody, myself, Dave Cueva. Rick started to fade cause we were surf nazis and he was trying to be cop. Remember being home one Xmas  and watched Butch P. just ripping 6'-8' Campells on a saucer like board going backside. Totally inspired me. George K. was one of the unspoken, yet unkown best during the 70's. One of the few 4 way surfers ever. Only Jocko did things that GK did. Difference, Jock was technically correct. George was smooth, radical consumate Hawaiian Style surfer. 2005, I was with Issac and Mel on the Big Island of Hawaii. We spread the rest of his ashes that Mel had saved all these years at Banyans. I miss my friend. He honestly help shape my short board experience and acclerate it. Mahalo Keoki, Ke Akua Pu! Well guys and gals its been nice. but its pumkin time so.........


 


Ahui Hou ame Ke Akua Pu!!

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unreal akeaE10! campbells has sorta been my little secret spot for the last 20 years or so. but recent development in the area means alot more eyes on it and thus new faces in the lineup. it was bound to happen but the way its so fickle out there and alot of hostile hard stares and choice words to carfulls of strangers has kept it manageable. and it still occaisonally gets decent. sure wish someone had pics of it from the 70's!


Ahuihou!

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Check out the photos submitted on earlier posts. Those were originally from Mel Behasa, 1972-73

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Aloha no! The ,pics you submitted of CiP were what I saw all during the late 60's and 70's. We mainly surfed the lefts and rights. I remember once they were laying pipes or something using these monstrous contraptions we called spiders.The workers on these things were 15'-20' above us. The workers were hooting and howling watching us. The sets climbed and statred touching the bottom of these monstrosities.Louie Sadowski was home for awhile from the mmainland and we convinced him to go out after a  prolonged session of buds. Needless to say he was freaked and eventually went in. It was a good laugh. We didn't realise we could of put his life in jeopardy. But like I said in one of my resent post, I was kolohe.

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Dear Maka

Can tell about Bird?

MF

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Midget wrote:


Dear Maka


 


Can tell about Bird?


 


MF


what you mean? like an update on what hes up to? hardly see um but i know brother bird is a succesful roofer. still lives nanakuli. very much into god and family. still has a big bright smile and i think still surfing. he and kathy split up a long time ago. neva see her long time but last time i did was in the water and she was still killing it. i know bird got a bad rap in the past but hes way different now. mellowed with age the way we all tend to get.


~~~~~~ Aloha!~~~~~~~

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holy s**t is this the midget f. i think it is?

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Hey EwaBeachRd, you and I must have know each other. Gooney, Kevin Palmerton, Snoopy Palmerton, Mike Volgeljesang, and others were all good friends when were high school age. Kevin went to Kamehameha, but I think he got kicked out during his senior year. He and Cal Eaton were classmates.

I used to hang with Snoopy during the summer messing with his dad's Fiats. Then we'd drive down to Johns and surf. Another good friend was Mike Neid, he had a hot little sister named Jenny. Mike, Snoopy, Dale Okamura and others were a year ahead of me in school, but we were all good friends. All part of the Shark Country ohana.

A couple of crazies that I was friends with are Dale (RIP), Ron Arioli, David (roadblock) Ontai, and Rex Thompson. David and Rex lived down my street and David went to Kamehameha with us. His dad and my dad went to Kamehameha back in the day. David got kicked out in his senior year, just like Kevin. One thing we all had in common was little league baseball, we all played when we were kids.  

The west side of Campbells has an unreal left and right that can be intense. Funny how we get spoiled by the sand at Ewa Beach and Barber's. You gotta learn how to get in and out at Campbells. The Makakilo guys like Wofford had that place wired.

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Dear Maka

Yes 'tis me!

I am always interested in how the characters from the past make out as time tolls!

Those periods where young guys are peaking with their surfing makes them feel indestructable - then they have to get on with life - like the rest of the planet.

Great when another one makes it!

MF

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@ M.F.- unreal! bird will flip when i tell um. eh, i hope youre well and managing a surf now and then sir!


    ~~~~malama pono~~~~


 


 


 


"Those periods where young guys are peaking with their surfing makes them feel indestructable - then they have to get on with life - like the rest of the planet.


Great when another one makes it!"

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anyone remember Hert Pruces sister Millie?  or Betty Carson?

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Makakilo, we must have known each other, but probably an age difference. Kevin Palmerton and I rented a house together in Honouliuli. I saw Snoopy/Eugene a lot back then (also Bill Pakini and Ernest Akana, Cal, and a lot of other Kam boys from those days). Snoopy was working in the meat packing plant in Kakaako area in town then. I heard he passed away a few years ago. RIP. But the Scoopy that went down the pump house elevator was the popolo surfer and good friend Scoopy Brenan, not Palmerton. I saw I got the name wrong earlier. Gooney, Ron Arioli,  Mikey, Rex and Alvin (our parents were best friends. Frannie, Rex's mom, worked with my mom when my parents had the bowling alley restaurant),... We all hung out together and surfed almost daily. We had the yellow 2 story house on EBR, and my mom "Ma Bell" would run up stairs, check the waves, go back down to inform whoever was calling to see if outside reef was pumping, which usually meant Lots was breaking.


Steve Wofford is an old friend. He had a sister, Sharon?. Can't remember the younger brother's name. The Akionas, Billy, Frank and Brian were Makakilo boys. We all hung out a lot together. Also Kane and Chan Ki'imi lived Makakilo. Campbell's was you guys back yard. When we could get transport (more than a few times I "borrowed" my dad's Rambler Station Wagon when he car pooled to work), we surfed Mi'ali Point, Makaha, Yokahamas, and didn't start surfing Campbells until later.  

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@ ewa beach road: unreal! yeah im 38 years old. steven them is like 10-12 years older i think. stevens younger brother jamie died unfortunately several years ago under pretty bad circumstances. i took a couple of pizzas and a cold pack over to sharons house... oh maybe 6 months ago. we laughed alot. played and sang a ton of great old songs and im sure kept her neighboors up later than they wouldve liked. shes good fun that sharon. she lives down in kapolei now btw.


  campbells actually is a deeply flawed wave most of the time. usually closing out or something screwed up. that and the coral heads and shark rumours (mis-information) keeps everyone away. but on a certain swell and a certain tide i swear g-land makes an appearance, and im usually out there by myself wishing someone would paddle out.


  but hell, not likely to impress you with anything campbells can do. not when youre living in bali! youre surrounded by endless perfection and thousands of reefs to explore! just gotta deal with those feral and not so feral aussies aye? hahaha! i know because i have a bunch of aussie friends and every one of em has made several indo trips. good on 'em!


    mahalo for the trip down memory lane gentlemen!


      Ahui'hoooooooooooooooooouuuuuuuuu!!!!!!!!

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Yeah, I saw something on TV one day about Snoopy and that he had a massive stroke while in the hospital. He was all messed up.

I remember the Popolo guy, but I didn't know his name. When we were in elem school there was a really dark guy we called blackie who used to surf with Wofford a lot. The other Popolo guy is a different guy who would come out to shark country once in a while. I always wondered what happened to him. There was another Popolo guy who used to glass Gooney's boards, I thought his name was Butch.

Were you hanging with Kevin around 1976? He came by the house where Randy Nii was living across the A-frame church and gave us something he called hash buds that put us all to sleep. He was driving that Porsche 914 back then. Bill Pikini is on the Big Island now.

Ma'ili Pt, Makaha, Yokes, and Kea'au were the west side spots we surfed a lot. Tim Tucker used to surf at Kea'au a lot too.

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cpl snapshots from the west side this past winter.

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Great photos! I'm homesick.

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You guys are killing me with all these memories! thanks.


I'm 56 now (never thought I make it past 25!), so pretty big gap there. But hey, Ewa Beach was a small place and everyone seemed to know everyone. I used to have big, wild bodinki blond hair. I was hard to miss in Ewa Beach in those days, I guess.


Someone told me Billy moved to the Big Island. Tim Tucked rented a room in my Tantalus house in the late 70's. He was commercial diving oil rigs in the North Sea then, so there 3 months, gone 3 months-schedule. He and my brother were close friends. Not sure he heard about Dan dying recently, and don't know how to reach him.


Kevin had the yellow 914 when we lived in "The Honouliuli Hilton"; a big, old quonset hut by Ahsing Park. Kevin and I split $50 per month rent / $25 each. After I moved to Town and Kevin married Mokie and moved out, Jake Gaynor and the Arherger brothers (John "The Weasel" and Henry) moved in. The house was on stilts that had been eaten away by termites and it fell about 1' on one side. It was renamed "The Tiltin' Hilton" after that. There could be a book written about those Honouliuli days! but probably best, not. :-/  

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