Barry Kanaiaupuni

North Shore, 1970
I was a fat little boy. My dad told me “Go surfing.”

Original published as “An Interview with Barry Kanaiaupuni,” written by Thor Svenson, in the December, 1971, issue of Surfing magazine. Kanaiaupuni was 26 at the time

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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 h...