Monday, January 28, 2013
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Why is Scott Caan Aka "Dano" dissing Hawaii? Couldn't believe what I saw as he told late night talk show host Chelsea Lately that Hawaii sucks. In Hawaii we take care of our own and we respect each others lifestyle and culture. I love the relaxed lifestyle of Hawaii and we have the best powerful waves on the planet with the greatest food. Every time I travel, the one thing I miss most is Hawaii's food. I'm sure these comments will affect their ratings and views people have of this actor. Well I'm sure Hawaii's Five O's producers are little disappointed with Dano's comments. Are you?
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Friday, January 25, 2013
What a beautiful Aloha Friday! Went to bed early last night so was able to wake up early for a surf session. I knew the winds would be backing off and north shore was the spot to be. Passed by one of my favorite spots, VLAND. Saw the line of cars and wanted to ride my bigger board today so kept driving.
Pulled up at Pipeline and waves were looking fun. As I stood watching for 5 minutes, about 30-guys were in the line up with another 10 paddling out. Since I hate crowds, I decided to check out sunset.
Sunset was going off too! About 4-6 ft hawaiian scale and with only a dozen guys out, I waxed up and went out to grab a few. Not even 2 minutes after I reach the line up here comes a set! I look left, look right, nobody around so I got to go! Super fun waves, good vibe in the water, even got to see a friend Genki Horiguchi from Wakayama in the line up. He helped with the Ama-san show we did a few years ago. Who would imagine seeing someone halfway around the world on a perfect northshore day.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Another beautiful day in Hawaii. Woke up early and saw the clear blue skies so decided to take advantage of the big northwest swell with 20 ft waves hitting our islands.
The spot was TRACKS. Located in Nanakuli area on the west side. All the boys were out today since the northshore was too big to surf with junk north winds. Overhead waves made everyone happy. I got my share and headed in to do some work.
While washing up I looked and saw what I though was Mark Richards SUPing? Couldn't be. Mark Richards was the top rated surfer back in the 80's. I looked again and this local guy had the coolest SUP board with the legendary MR logo.
Came home, mixed 15 bags of cement for new workshop slab and ended the day with a slab of sashimi from my cousin Dino. Thanks Dino for the grinds! Going to sleep good tonight.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Monday, January 14, 2013
Last night during dinner we were talking about what we wanted to eat so my dad said he wished for a 3 lb aku. So we boarded the Red Sea boat and headed out for a troll. Waves were big on the eastside and we heard yesterday the channel was even closing out due to the large swell. On board today was 12-year old Brandon Yamane. His dad Keith dives with me often and he was about to witness the next generation in action. After about 1 hour of riding the ocean settled down and we got strikes periodically. Brandon ended up reeling in 3 akus, keith 1 aku and we were happy campers.
Came home and my dad was also stoked because his wish came true. He got his aku and immediately he took out his knife to start filleting the fish.
From the fillet knife to the plate, we had fresh sashimi and sleeping good tonight. Thanks Brandon, Keith, Cat, and the Red Sea Crew for all their help!
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Friday, January 4, 2013
Remember your first time diving? How excited, nervous, scared were you? You didn't know what to expect and when the time came you just had to go!
Well I had the honor of sharing that experience with 11-year old Pete Graham and getting it all documented for him with my camera. I jumped on a plane, flew to Kauai and we drove to the perfect beach. From the the time we suited up you could see the excitement in his eyes and his proud father, Bruce watched on.
We saw so many cool things and Pete's attention to detail is amazing. Like Nemo I just "kept swimming" but Pete stopped every 30 seconds to show me something he thought was interesting, like this sea cucumber. We saw fish, crabs, slugs, and next time we will get a octopus for sure. Thank you to Bernice for setting things up and providing me the opportunity to share that love of the ocean to them. Pete is now hooked on diving and we may just see him in a future article of Hawaii Skin Diver some day.