Ghost stories in Hawai’i.

First found in Japanese folklore, a mujina is a creature with no face that can shape-shift into human form. A famous Japanese mujina was named Kozo; he took the form of a monk and traveled the dark roads at night asking strangers for water or tea to drink. Japanese immigrants brought this folklore to Hawaii, and the old tale took on a new spin.

blog facelessIn 1959, a woman was reported to have seen a mujina at a drive-in theater in Kahala. The local woman claimed that she went to use the restroom and noticed another woman combing her hair. Once close enough to see the other woman, she immediately noticed that the red-haired woman did not have any facial features. The woman was reported to have had a nervous breakdown and was treated at a hospital.

Originally, the locals thought that the story was just a rumor, but when local radio host Glen Grant was discussing its validity on-air in 1981, the woman made a personal call into the station and recounted her story, even adding that the mujina she’d encountered had had red hair, a detail which had previously been unreported. Since then, countless stories of the facelessmujina emerged across the islands, some coming from Glen Grant himself.

Danger! Sandys Beach

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A family is mourning the loss of a young man who drowned at Sandy Beach Sunday afternoon.

 

Josiah Ramos, 19, was bodysurfing with his friends. They told police they last saw him at around 2:30 p.m., and thought he might have wandered off.

Then, at around 5:30 p.m., a diver found him unresponsive underwater. It was around the same spot he was last seen three hours earlier.

He was brought ashore, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. Autopsy results confirm that he drowned.

Frannie Ramos received the phone call no parent should ever get, from a police officer who told her something happened to her son.

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It’s never a good time when you hear or read about such a tragic incident. Especially to us locals, the beach is our home. These beach parks, surf spots we all hold close to us, have no compassion. Anything can happen at any moment regardless of how experienced a waters man you may be. And it’s stories like this that remind me of such truth. My heart goes out to the Ramos Ohana.


WSL ’16 Champion – John John Florence

John John Florence winning the Final of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

John John Florence winning the Final of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

John John Florence is the 2016 WSL champion.

“He dominated his semifinal over Kolohe Anding, knocking Medina out of the race. Then Conner Coffin staged a comeback against Jordy Smith, courtesy of a throaty righthand barrel to grab-rail cutback for a 9. And that was all it took. Jordy needed to win to take the race to Hawaii. Which would have been pretty cool—seeing John John win the title at his home break, and all. But Florence is probably pretty happy about clinching here in Portugal.” – magicseaweed

 

Defend Hawai’i Fall 2016

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We brought back the popular “Night Marchers” design now available in multiple color ways & styles.

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Defend Hawai’i headwear has been restocked and revamped.

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It’s Fall season, so you know we needed to bring back the original pull-over hoodie.

ANDY: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ANDY IRONS

ANDY: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ANDY IRONS

Teton Gravity Research (TGR), the global leader in action and adventure culture media, is proud to announce the release of the first teaser and Kickstarter campaign for its groundbreaking feature length documentary film, ANDY: The Untold Story of Andy Irons.

The film is the life story of three-time world champion surfer Andy Irons who died at age 32 from a heart attack with the secondary cause being an acute mixture of drugs. Andy and brother Bruce came from humble beginnings on the small Hawaiian island of Kauai. The film chronicles Andy’s struggles with dyslexia, bi polar disease, self-medication, addiction, fame, failure, and success. Andy was the blue collar, “people’s champ” of surfing who dealt with issues that millions of people around the world struggle with every day. Andy died on Nov 2, 2010. His wife Lyndie, was eight months pregnant with their first child.

The Kickstarter campaign is being launched to support the film’s ongoing post-production and finishing touches. The rewards offered through Kickstarter will be a collection of limited edition film merchandise, limited edition AI Forever merchandise, limited edition TGR merchandise, signed Bruce Irons boards, used Andy Irons boards, VIP surf experiences around the world and more. The campaign is intended to engage the community in support of Andy Irons and the power of his story.

Filmmakers Steve and Todd Jones of TGR wanted to create a film that captured the true essence of Andy Irons, told through stunning footage and unabashedly honest testimony by the family and friends who knew him best.

For Bruce Irons, Andy’s younger brother, the film’s production has been cathartic. “It will get into the good days and the dark days,” says Bruce. “It has definitely been touchy for me, but it has also been therapeutic. We aren’t going to sugarcoat it. We’re going to tell the whole story. At the end of the day I hope it can be a positive thing for young kids coming up in the sport.”

The film will be released in early 2017.

Watch the teaser here: https://youtu.be/lgryxcrOv9w
Watch the trailer exclusively on TGR: http://www.tetongravity.com/video/surf/andy-the-untold-story-of-andy-irons
Explore the Kickstarter campaign: http://kck.st/2dzcUk2

 

Wayne Herbert Kalei Wills Jr.

Aloha Friends & Ohana,

As we know losing someone is hard enough emotionally, but also taxing financially.  To help with this burden we often offer emotional support, food, flowers, man power, or just about anything we can to help friends and families cope with their loss. Recently we lost one of our closest friends.  To help in our own small way we thought a quick tribute tee with one of his trademark sayings would be fitting. This tee will be available for pre-sale purchase until 10/21/16. A small remembrance for a loved one but also to kokua some of the cost associated with laying someone to rest. Please take a moment if you can to visit the link in our bio. All proceeds will go directly to the family of Wayne Herbert Kalei Wills Jr. We will be shipping orders in 2 waves. If you will be attending the ceremony in Kona on 10/16/16 and would like it for that event please send a DM. On behalf of Kalei’s Ohana we would like to mahalo you for your kindness. ALOHA-

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Fiji Week is a week of festivities culminating in Fiji Day on 10 October (the anniversary of Fiji‘s independence from British colonial rule in 1970) annually. A different theme is chosen every year, but common elements include religious ceremonies and cultural performances.

The preceding week to Fiji Day is called Fiji Week. Fiji Day is October 10 and that is a double anniversary for the nation. On that date in 1874,King Seru Epenisa Cakobau ceded Fiji to the United Kingdom. On the same date in 1970, Fiji regained its independence.

During Fiji Week, the nation celebrates its unity and religious and cultural diversity with performances and programs each day focused on the two main ethnic cultures — Fijan and Indian. The Christian, Muslim, and Hindu religions celebrate their traditions. A different theme is chosen every year, but common elements include religious ceremonies and cultural performances.

In Fiji Week, 2004, the festivities were undermined by a boycott by several prominent politicians and other public figures, who accused the government of using the occasion to promote a political agenda.