Check out the Roots Contest
When you are surrounded by water, surfing is a right. Wherever you go on the Big Island, the ocean is your front yard. Yet not all keiki get the opportunity to explore surfing and Kona's fascinating and unique surf history gets lost as generations loose contact with nature.
14 years ago I linked up with the most hard core group of bodyboarders I had ever met. They were raw and rugged with open gashes from reef wounds and hearts of penniless gold; wanting nothing else but to perpetuate their culture of wave riding and preserve their beach that was about to be converted into a condo. With my penchant for creating zero waste educational opportunities and being the sole operator of an email account, we joined forces to create Kona's only FREE contest to honor the birthbeach of bodyboarding - Wai'aha. Lael hunted a pig, I foraged for fruit, and before we knew it, 30 guys had signed up for our contest. 14 years later, we are two generations into preserving and perpetuating the cultural practice that brought us together. Wai'aha Beach Park is now a free public park. And the surf is still firing.
Krista Joan says:
My mission is to teach, train, and testify in resistance to the white supremacy of my ancestors. My personal choices are political, powerful, and practical. Let's trash waste.