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        We are mourning the passing of our dear friend Buttons Kaluhiokalani

        We are mourning the passing of our dear friend Buttons Kaluhiokalani

        02. November 2013: Here in Hawaii we are mourning the passing of a dear friend and one of Hawaii's Surfing Legends Buttons Kaluhiokalani due to complications related to cancer. As one of the greatest performance innovators surfing has ever known, Buttons is remembered for revolutionising modern short-boarding with his radical maneuvers in the 70's. His surfing inspired a generation. He will be greatly missed by the surfing world. I will always remember him for his kindness and his compassion. A great man, with a great smile and a heart of gold, a great performer and also a family man. He is survived by his wife, eight children and eight grandchildren. 

        I love the beautiful image of Jeff Divine and Lisa Scott Owens: they captured the heart and soul of Buttons, beautiful and iconic. I worked very hard to combine both of them in one of my poetic text/image compositions (see more: www.kuliana-edition.com), and I love what I created. Similar to what I composed with Brian Bielmann's shot of Andy Irons after he passed away 3 years ago .. also on November 2nd. May they both catch up in heaven .. and maybe George Ramos (another NorthShore Legend that passed away this summer) will keep them busy paddling; I know they all are in God's good hands.

        Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce

        Art Exhibition at the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce

        21. August 2013: I am very happy for being one of the 50 selected artists (out of 556 submissions) for the 35th Annual 'Commitment to Excellence' Art Exhibition at the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce. ~ The selected artwork on display is a mounted FujiFlex Crystal Archive print, but also available as Embellished Giclée Canvas Print (16"x20", 24"x30" and 24"x 48" DeLuxe size), as well as 5"x7" Notecard Set.

        Kuliana Edition Participates at Pa'akai Marketplace in Kaka‘ako

        Kuliana Edition Participates at Pa'akai Marketplace in Kaka‘ako

        Feb 17, 2017: I am happy to announce that I will participate at this event in Kaka‘ako. Pa'akai Marketplace is an innovative montly collaboration with PA'I Foundation, a Hawaiian Arts and Culture Preservation Organization, that embraces and features products made by local artists, crafters and cultural practitioners, and cultivates a strong Native Hawaiian identity.  Please come by and visit and look out for my artwork. Mahalo, Harald-M. Lehnardt, Feb 17, 2017
         

        "Freesurf Fest" at Waimea Valley

        "Freesurf Fest" at Waimea Valley

        18. December 2015I was invited to participate at the "Freesurf Fest" at Waimea Valley on the NorthShore of Oahu, displaying a selection of my artwork. Come see me at the Pikake Pavillion (Booth #30 near the entrance). The Freesurf Magazine #FreesurfFest is back at Waimea Valley today, Friday, December 18th, 2015 from 5-9:30pm, bringing you John John Florence #ViewfromaBlueMoon, a Pakaloha Bikini's fashion show, music, food, plus many more. There will also be a surfboard raffle from Honolulu Ford and Surfboard Factory Outlet. Come down for a great night with the family and best of all, the event is FREE! Feel free to share. ~ Mahalo.

        2012 Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau

        2012 Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau

        3. December 2013: I am so thankful that I have had the opportunity to display my artwork at the blessing and opening ceremony of the 2012 Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau. Thanks to Brian Bielmann Photography, we have a great shot to document it. - I am glad to be part of the Aikau Ohana, to have been included in event. Forever grateful for the inspiration and mana. Mahalo. Harald-M. Lehnardt

        HONOLULU – Thursday, November 29, 2012 — The opening ceremony for The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave invitational took place on the sands of Waimea Bay, on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, today.

        The 28 Invitees and 28 Alternates of this year’s event shared in the celebration with the family of Eddie Aikau to celebrate the life of one of Hawaii’s most respected big wave riders and heroes. [Source: SURF.Transworld.net] The holding period of The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau begins this Saturday, December 1, and runs through February 28, 2013. It is a one-day event that is only held if waves hit 40 feet (wave face height) or more.

        This is the 28th year of the event and it has only been held a total of eight times – the last being in December of 2009. California’s Greg Long won that year and today he addressed all who gathered at Waimea Bay with an emotional message. “You win competitions and with that comes excitement, but in my eyes, this isn’t a competition. It’s a celebration of the legacy of Eddie Aikau and the waves we share out here. We are the luckiest people in the world to be able to do what we do and be a part of this family of big wave riders,” said Long. “Eddie encapsulated all of it to the highest level. He’s a hero, a legend, and he has touched the lives of myself and so many others. You can’t put words to that. This is the amazing celebration of Eddie’s life,” he added. Eddie’s younger brother Clyde, 63, is still an active surfer in this event, and today he welcomed the new, young Invitees to the event – like Alex Gray (Ca., USA), Ian Walsh (HAW), and John John Florence (HAW), the youngest surfer of the group at just 20 years of age. Aikau said he looked forward to the new generation of big wave riders taking the helm and attributed his longevity in big wave riding to the inspiration and motivation they provide. “My message to all you older surfers out there is to get out there with the young guys,” said Clyde.” For me it is my son who keeps me going, keeps me pushing the boundaries, and the young guys I see alongside me in the lineup. I look forward to riding in the same heat as John John Florence,” he said, receiving cheers from the 1,000 people gathered for the ceremony.
        “Let’s rock and roll!”

        © all images courtesy of Brian Bielmann