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.