that same morning Hurricane Iwa hit the Islands, i was on my way to work. as i was listening to the radio, it was announced that if you were working for the City and County, stay home. since i was already in town, i went straight to one of my fave spot; Alamo Bowls. as i got to the parking lot i noticed there were four guys who had their boards watching the chaos out there, so i said, why not...
took my board out and stood out there with the rest of um. we prolly stood there for a good half an hour, watching and coursing in our mind what would be the best way to get out, but deep inside, waiting for that one fool to break the ice and just start paddling out. i asked the braddah on the left who looked as if deep in trance. it was Buttons. "Brah, so what? you going?" he stared at the ocean for another minute, then turned to me: "Brah, f@ck dat! you crazy or wot?" everybody within earshot turned around and went back to their respected car.
e ho'omaha me ka maluhia, Braddah Buttons..
One of the greatest surfers of all time, such style and grace, dude had it wired and went all out, such a privilege to have seen him surf, RIP Buttons, you made your mark on the world, and you won't be forgotten...
its a sad day for the surfing world, Buttons Kaluhiokalani lost his battle with cancer yesterday. he was a true standout back in the day. Like so many others,i used to watch his movies and try to copy his moves to no avail.Glad he was able to come back from addiction and have some beautiful years of surfing and family life before he passed
CNJESA will be holding a memorial paddle out for Montgomery "Buttons" Kaluhiokalani, Surfing Legend, at 17th Street in Belmar, NJ in front of Eastern Lines Surf Shop, this morning, Sunday, Nov 10th, at 10am.
REAL NICE Memorial Paddle Out for Buttons yesterday !!! Thanks to CNJESA and everyone who helped make it happen. Thanks to Buttons who sent a few nice waves out of no where right when everyone started to paddle in on a relatively nothing day. Rest in Peace bro.