Hawaii Rooted: Surfing Like Ancients

Tom Pohaku Stone handcrafts traditional Hawaiian surfboards to ride the waves of time on the windward side of Oahu. Tom’s favorite surfboard is not a modern, fiberglass board. This board is one he has built with his own hands, with techniques that have been passed down through generations. He first learned of hand-crafting wooden surfboards through his father, who once carved one for him in the traditional way. Although he mentions as a child he told his father he hated it, he grew to appreciate the gift and now sees the importance of passing on the tradition of the craft. When asked about why surfing is so special to Native Hawaiians, Tom explains that Hawaiians surfed waves for generations, and continue to surf waves. For him, standing up on a wood board is like listening to a beautiful symphony, and a harmonization between the wind, the motion of the water, and the breaking of the wave. As an educator, craftsman and former pro surfer, Tom continues to revive and perpetuate lost aspects of Hawaiian culture. Through perfecting the art of crafting surfboards in the traditional Hawaiian way, he feels it’s his kuleana (responsibility) to continue passing on the tradition. Discover more of Tom’s #HawaiiRooted story at https://www.gohawaii.com/hawaii-rooted/Tom-Pohaku-Stone Visit https://www.gohawaii.com/ to discover more about the Hawaiian Islands, experiences, culture, and all your travel planning needs. Follow along on the #LetHawaiiHappen journey on our social media channels: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hawaii/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gohawaii/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/gohawaii/

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Tom Pohaku Stone handcrafts traditional Hawaiian surfboards to ride the waves of time on the windward side of Oahu. Tom’s favorite surfboard is not a modern, fiberglass board. This board is one he has built with his own hands, with techniques that have been passed down through generations. He first learned of hand-crafting wooden surfboards through his father, who once carved one for him in the traditional way. Although he mentions as a child he told his father he hated it, he grew to appreciate the gift and now sees the importance of passing on the tradition of the craft. When asked about why surfing is so special to Native Hawaiians, Tom explains that Hawaiians surfed waves for generations, and continue to surf waves. For him, standing up on a wood board is like listening to a beautiful symphony, and a harmonization between the wind, the motion of the water, and the breaking of the wave. As an educator, craftsman and former pro surfer, Tom continues to revive and perpetuate lost aspects of Hawaiian culture. Through perfecting the art of crafting surfboards in the traditional Hawaiian way, he feels it’s his kuleana (responsibility) to continue passing on the tradition. Discover more of Tom’s #HawaiiRooted story at https://www.gohawaii.com/hawaii-rooted/Tom-Pohaku-Stone Visit https://www.gohawaii.com/ to discover more about the Hawaiian Islands, experiences, culture, and all your travel planning needs. Follow along on the #LetHawaiiHappen journey on our social media channels: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hawaii/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gohawaii/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/gohawaii/

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CorretjerFilms
CorretjerFilms - 3 years ago
I'm finally moving back next month....miss Hawaii
Nico Juarez
Nico Juarez - 3 years ago
Fuck this shis
Anna K. Donaldson
Anna K. Donaldson - 3 years ago
simply beautiful ~ touches to the core
marimo chan
marimo chan - 3 years ago
This video stirred something up in my soul and in my blood, words cannot describe it's beauty. Thank you for this wonderful gift.
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kamles les - 3 years ago
I love Hawaii
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Ram Prasad - 3 years ago
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