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Every Rose has its Thorn. Even Hawaii.

Danny Bolton

Paradise isn't always pleasant.


You're camping along the beach on the west side of Big Island, enjoying the good company, delicious BBQ, cold drinks and the sound of the ocean. But then the inevitable  happens, your camp fire begins to dim and you need to search the dreaded kiawe (“kee-AH-vay”) forest for more wood. Anyone that has experienced this knows what Im talking about. The kiawe tree is one of the most ruthless trees on the planet. It grows aimlessly, out of the jagged lava fields, intertwining its branches with itself and its brethren to create a nearly impenetrable defense network. Each limb is covered with ruthless spines.  Of course, you go into battle totally unprepared - board shorts, worn slippers and if your lucky, a dim flashlight. Those that stay back at the fire can surely hear the curse words being murmured in the dark as the kiawe tree makes its mark upon flesh.  Once you make it back to the camp fire with your prized wood, you spend the rest of the evening pulling thorns out of your slippers, cautioning everyone to go easy on the firewood for they are going to get the next load.


Photos by: Brad Fyffe, Kevin Repan, Danny Bolton

Words by: Kevin Repan

September is Spelled With an R.

Danny Bolton

LobsteR Season. It's here and I'm hungry. Not so much for the food but for the adventure. At midnight tonight it will be open season and I can guarantee all the uncles are diving their secret honey holes. I've swam into caves loaded with so many lobsters you don't know what to do with yourself. You pick out the biggest one first and stick him under your arm. Grab another to stick under the other arm and if you have time, grab one more. If you've never dove for lobster, don't hesitate to go just because you don't have the 'right' dive gear. My first time was with a Maglite in a Ziploc. Kokua and please only take what you need. For the legals, read the State Regulations.


Slipper lobster.

Sailing Canoe

Danny Bolton

In Hawaii you'll find that, more often than not, people look to the ocean for entertainment. Surfboards, fishing poles, masks, spears — these are all tools or toys, if you will, to enjoy the great gift of the Pacific. Here, we see our friends Kai and Hualalai using yet another tool, a sailing canoe, to get out on the water and marvel at its beauty.


Photos By : Kai Willey







Soggy Paradise

Danny Bolton

UTF O.G.s Peffer and Kev took a trip away from the dry lava and pili grass fields of Kona and tapped into the moister side of Hawaii for the day. Far from the swaying palm trees and white sand beaches, they found paradise in another form. Dealing with slippery rocks, sketchy trails, and cold water, they made their way to the top of the world's 612th highest waterfall at 422 ft. They soaked it all in until they needed to get their core temperature back up. After a long day of being soaking wet, they stoked a fire on the beach and dried out. Another day in paradise also know as Hawaii.

Photos By : Kevin Repan

UTF Surf Sessions With Slater, ShaneO & Tonino

Brad Fyffe

UTF is always down for missions. So when I heard of a building west northwest swell just off the coast of the Big Island, I quickly packed my board bag and, without hesitation, missioned to one of my favorite WNW swell point breaks. After trekking over the scorching a'a lava fields and tearing up my Locals' slippers, I came across double over head, offshore, glassy waves with an empty lineup.

Racing to be the first guy in the line up, I couldn't paddle out fast enough. After surfing for hours with no one in sight, I paddled in for some lunch that consisted of a handful of granola and a bottle of high quality H2O. While sitting on the beach admiring the surrounding beauty, I thought to myself this couldn't get any better. Not more than 5 minutes later, I noticed people coming up and over the hill. To my surprise, it was 10x world champion Kelly Slater, XXL Wave Rider and Big Island's own Shane Dorian and Kona local Tonino Benson.

With arms that felt like noodles after double sessions, I couldn't pass up this once in a life time opportunity to surf with these guys. So I paddled out for a third session of the day and scored it all time. Coming in and sitting on the beach collecting my thoughts, I snapped some photos of the sunset and thought, "Lucky we live in Hawaii."

Photos by Brad Fyffe


Danny Bolton

grab garden fresh maui onions, green onions, fresh tuna, shoyu, sesame oil, sea salt and red pepper flakes.

head to the beach. fillet and clean your freshly caught tuna.

dice onions and green onions.

chop tuna into 1-inch chunks.

place tuna and onions in bowl. toss with shoyu, sea salt, red pepper flakes and sesame seed oil.

chill in ice cold cooler. enjoy an island favorite, fresh poke.

photos by Brad Fyffe