Hi, Your DJ Lani B., here with a super surprise. If you tune in early on a Wednesday morning, Wiki Wiki Wednesday plays music from Hawai’i and the Pacific Islands. These are the Islands, and these the Islanders, who were were the originators of the Surf culture in the Pacific.
Santa Cruz has a long history of connection with Hawai’i, from the 1885 visit by the three Hawaiian princes who were attending military school in California, who surfed the San Lorenzo Rivermouth, to Duke Kahanamoku, among many others. Santa Cruz holds a unique place in the popularization of surfing on the West Coast of the American Mainland.
The Santa Cruz and Hawai’i surf connection was solidified again, recently. Fletch and JD, of the Santa Cruz Board Builders Guild and Jeffery Devine Rockets, who work out of Doug Haut’s surf shop on the Westside of Santa Cruz, conspired with Wiki Wiki Wednesday music program founder MB for a tremendous surprise.
This gift, the original art surf board, ‘Alani” with the graceful image by Danvers, was an absolute surprise. I’m so grateful for the gesture and goodwill for the music we love to share.
Mahalo nui loa, gentlemen of the Santa Cruz Board Builders Guild! Thank you very much for this beautiful gift of your hands and skill.