Hawai’i is a place that is inextricably linked to and woven into surf culture.
Historically, culturally, and within the sport itself, “surf” and “Hawai’i” are nearly synonymous terms, and there is an overwhelming sense of familiarity between the surf industry and the famed island chain…however, that familiarity tends to only scratch the surface of what surfing in Hawai’i is really all about—and all of the tradition, meaning, and stories that come with that.
Host Mahina Florence comes from a legendary family of watermen and women - she takes us on this journey to learn a little bit more about one of surfing’s most iconic locations and some of the women behind it.
We'll start on the West Side with waterwoman Ha'a Keaulana and professional surfer Alessa Holloway (formerly Quizon).
After that we'll make a stop at the famed beaches of the North Shore to meet up with Billabong WCT surfer Luana Silva and end at Waikīkī to learn more about surf school with Tammy Moniz.
With identity closely linked to tradition, these women’s experiences and stories serve as powerful portrayals of the meaning that surfing can bring to one’s life, and how their relationship to surfing in Hawai’i specifically, has played big role in understanding who they are.