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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.


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

Hawaii : Slippers & Spinys

Danny Bolton

Slipper and spiny lobsters, manta rays, reef sharks, eagle rays, crabs, eels and octopi are all creatures you can see while night diving. We were lucky enough to see all in one night and brought home some bugs for dinner.

When you live in Hawaii, the ocean is often a main source of entertainment. Looking for some fun? Go surf. Fish. Swim. It's one in the morning. "What should we do?" Go night dive. Here are some photos of what ended up being dinner for friends and family.

Kona : Blue Water Hunting

Danny Bolton

Our friend, Ryan Kilkenny, recently went deep sea spear fishing and scored it. Read below for the full story from Ryan himself. Photos by Austin Hicks.

Well, the day started out cruisin' to the bouys and half way there we hooked a 120lb blue marlin, which we tagged and released. We were pretty stoked about that. When we got to the bouy we were kind of bummed 'cause there were no marks on the fish finder and no boats in sight (which is not a good sign for fish). But we jumped in anyway and tossed a little palu in. The usual hogis showed up and started grinding the palu. Then, out of nowhere, six mahis and tw onos showed up so I dipped down and got the shot on the bigger ono. It took the float down and while that was happening, Austin speared a nice female mahi and my brother got the bull mahi. After about five minutes, we had all the fish under control and were ready to try again but no more fish showed up. The second day we went out we were going to try the same bouy to see if there were any other fish.

When we hopped in, a school of five mahis came right up to us and we were able to spear three in the first minute. And we had enough time to reload and get the other two. We were all really stoked about the fish and were calling it a day when we spotted two fins sticking out of the water near the front of the boat. At first, we thought it was a small marlin but when we got a closer look, it turned out to be a spearfish. We decided to try to spear it because no one has speared and landed one before. Jordan sat on the back of the boat with just his mask, fins and gun as we were chasing the fish down. He jumped off the boat, but it was just a little too far of a shot so Jordan hopped back on and we really gunned the boat to get right on top of it. He jumped back in and took the shot. It hit right in the guts so he was extra careful not to rip the meat. We gave Jordan the kill gun and he was able to get the fish up to about 25ft and took the shot, stoning it.

It weighed in at 24lbs and is a pending world record. One blue marlin, a short-nose spearfish, nine mahis and one ono...not too bad for a weekend!

Devin Johnson

Danny Bolton

Life is short. We know it. And you never know when it will be taken from you. We recently had a good friend taken from us by the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy every day you have on this beautiful planet...the waves, fish, forests, your friends. Don't take any of it for granted. In honor of Devin, take a minute, take a deep breath and think about everything you are greatful for. God bless you all. We'll miss you, Devin.


Prepare for Swell

Danny Bolton

In between surf sessions, Halloween parties, naps and spending quality time with your chick (or your bradda) this weekend, you might want to take the time to fix those dinged boards you've been neglecting. Or you can keep riding that waterlogged board you've been surfing. It really doesn't matter as long as you're out there. Get your wax, sunscreen, spam musubis, water jugs and cameras out and head down to the beach. There is some swell on its way and wintertime is coming. CHheeeHOOoooo !