Ever watch The Travel Channel? They have a show called Extreme Hawaii that offers some amazing and interesting things about the islands. A couple weeks ago I shared about Extreme Pineapples. Today it’s Extreme Surfing.
Leilani Akamai, my main character, loves to surf. But she’s never attempted this kind of surfing!
On the Big Island of Hawaii, some people take on the challenge of Mountain Surfing (Hawaiian Sledding.) They use a 12-foot long, 6-inch wide board that is custom made for the grassy mountainsides. It’s called a papaholua. The boards are rubbed with kukui oil and can reach over 40 miles per hour! Just imagine—you actually stand up while sledding!
Although the art of making these boards goes back hundreds of years, there’s only one man still crafting the boards in the ancient tradition. His name is Tom “Pohaku” Stone. Click this link, scroll down to see pictures and read more about this man and the ancient sport:
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