Kanalu Founder - Tom "Pohaku" Stone
"I heard the kahea kahiko, the old call, and I stopped denying my culture. I started wanting to rediscover the old ways."
Kanalu is dedicated in the preservation of native Kanaka Maoli (The People) culture. Kanalu shares with modern society how surfboards from the late 1800’s were built, from the time a “koa or wili wili” (endemic species) trees were felled, to the cultural significance of location, to carving of a solid wood slab transforming its kinolau (body form) and life through ancient ritualism of the Hawaiian using the implements of old – creating story and chant in the process. Follow the journey of resurrection, life reborn, from the eyes and hands of native Hawaiians as we revive the traditional practices of surfing with the construction of “Olo” (longest) and kiko`o” (averaging about 3.3m), alaia (shortboard) surfboards, and the making of the papaholua (Hawaiian sleds) for competition for the first time in nearly two centuries as we honor the Hawaiian people and their culture, nearly vanished. Traditionally the process begins with the giving of the koko (blood) - to its bonding with sea and land – to the finished implement (using traditional methods of preservation) - to sliding across the face of a mountain and wave.
Kanalu K38 is dedicated to education for the purpose of lifesaving. We have an official international annual awards program called The Wake of Fame. Kanalu K38 is the founder of the Rescue Water Craft Association, a governing body of concerned and committed international lifesavers.