Kalama, Ilima

Unheralded pure-blooded Hawaiian surfer from Oahu; men's division winner in the 1962 West Coast Surfing Championships. Kalama was born (1943) in Honolulu to one of the state's largest families—he was the youngest of nine siblings, and his grandmother is said to have given birth to 21 children. His father was a renowned bodysurfer.

Kalama began surfing at age six in Waikiki, and in 1959 he moved with part of his immediate family to Newport Beach, California, where his father helped form the C...