Barry Kanaiaupuni

North Shore, 1970

I was a fat little boy. My dad told me “Go surfing.”

“An Interview with Barry Kanaiaupuni,” written by Thor Svenson, ran in December 1971 issue of Surfing magazine. Kanaiaupuni was 26.

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What does your name mean in Hawaiian?

It means “Conqueror of the Islands.”


Yeah. It was Kamehameha’s surname.

Is your family from Oahu or from one of the other islands?

The Big Island, Hawaii. From Kohala.

A long-time family there?


And on one side you’re haole?

Yeah, Australian or New Zealand

You grew up here in Hawaii?

Yeah, Waikiki. Smack...