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THE MAKING OF A SURFBOARD

EPISODE 1

"Riding the Moment"

 

The morning lights filter through the Koa forest on an island in the Pacific Ocean where Kai’ike the Kahuna Pa’pa he’e nalu (Priest of Surfboards) and eight of his crew of villagers are looking down at the base of a Koa tree. The Kahuna has placed a redfish, a few coconuts, and some kava roots on the ground near the base of the tree and begins his chant to Kane.

“We humbly remove this Koa tree so it can ride the waves of your being. To nourish the souls of those who stand upon it and to be free of those things on land while traveling across time and space. To return the surfer back safely to shore and to fulfill their enchantment of being in balance with nature, to ride, to ride, and to look forward to the paddle back out” said the Kahuna, as his crew was getting ready to go to work.

After the ritual, the men started cutting down the tree systematically with their adze. It would take a few hours before the tree is on the ground and the branches removed. After having pulled a twine string the length of the log. A sharp adze is used to mark a line from one end of the log to the other, taking another half day to chip four lengthwise sections. With each board being cut to around 24 feet and the remaining length to be used for other items. Doing it 5 times on the log, where the center boards were the widest. The thickness between each line is around 8” to 9”. 

The approximate inches in diameter of the trunk foretold how long it might take to get it done. Two of the inner planks will be used for surfboard blanks and the other two pieces will be used for other items. With the pieces laid to the side, Kai’ike is viewing them and is thinking of his next shape. His knowledge of surfing and surfboards has given him a certain insight into how a surfboard rides. He is remembering a surf session that took place a week back when he was surfing large swells in the channel between the islands, with the assistance of a crew in a double-hull canoe. 

The same crew who had been cutting down the tree had also been the crew who had paddled into a large swell. Their efforts will be rewarded by Kai’ike by making them their own surfboard. As he is visualizing himself on the wave and analyzing his position on the surfboard. Kai’ike is focusing on the rails of that surfboard that he rode that day, how edgy it was on the takeoff, and wanting to make it the turn smoother. With that in mind, he would have his wooden blank taken back to his shaping area the next day.  

 

 The sun was overhead as the sweat continued to develop on the worker's foreheads and arms. Kai’ike steps away to find a stump to sit on. He is visualizing an event that is happening in real-time to someone he knows. After sitting there for a while he returns and gives instructions on what he wants to be done “After you are through with the pieces, take them to my surfboard hut near the beach. Place this one (pointing to one of the wider pieces) on the stone racks in the middle of the hut and the others in the canoe hut”. 

 

 Noticeably disturbed about something Kai’ike tells his crew that he is going to the lookout point at Ho’ukahi (solitude) cliff that overlooks the ocean and the village of I’a, which is half a mile away. After walking to the lookout point, Kai’ike is gazing towards the east out onto the ocean as a White Tern flies by. Kai’ike closes his eyes and contemplates his special gift of visualizing other places and people within his current time and people and events in the future. His father had this special gift also and was able to see a thing that others did not.

 

A transparent silhouette of his father appears pointing to a waterfall nearby with his right hand, then gliding his left hand from the waterfall out towards the ocean, expressing the flow of the water. Kai’ike takes a deep breath and exhales and then nods his head up and down to express his understanding of the vision. He spoke out loud to release the sorrow within him and said “Oh father, two of our friends have left us and it is with sorrow that I once again call out to you to say they are coming to be with those who went before them. Even though they were here for a short while, they shared their moments with us and the thought of them will last a lifetime in the minds and hearts of those who knew them” as he closed his eyes and bowed his head.

 

It was 9 months before when Kai’ike had met the haole who was in his thoughts. He was visiting an Ali’i of the village of Lokahi. The Ali’i was interested in Kai’ike surfboards and after bartering an outrigger canoe for four of his surfboards Kai’ike and the Ali’I touched their foreheads and sealed the deal. After the ceremony, Kai’ike left the Ali’I hale (house) and came across the haole who was writing something down in his diary under a coconut palm tree. Kai’ike was curious and looked at his writing. The haole sensed that Kai’ike had special powers and felt the aura of mental telepathy, the same mental telepathy that Alohi Hoku used when he and his crew had rescued him from the ocean. 

 

The haole looked at Kai’ike and communicated through mental telepathy. He introduces himself by thinking of Vincenzo and placed his hand on his chest then with the same hand pointed at Kai’ike who spoke without saying a word and replied Kai’ike. Vincenzo at this point was thinking back when he placed his hand on his chest again and pointed west. Remembering when he first boarded a ship in Manila and was departing to Acapulco, Mexico.

 

Vincenzo was a businessman with many connections in Asia and Southeast Asia. But all that would come to an abrupt halt as a hurricane developed off the waters of Central America and was heading westward towards the ship he was on. The storm hit at night and created chaos onboard the Spanish ship “Ninos Voyagers 9”. With her masts broken and her sails torn and tattered the Captain was giving orders left and right. The ship was taking on water and the crew was scrambling around.

 

Vincenzo decided to have his luggage trunk near him if the ship should sink. Those trunks were specially made for him by a craftsman who made them air-tight for all of his writing instruments, that had records of his contracts, his diaries, and maps, and that he had recorded on sheets to write and draw maps with. The other trunk was of the same construction and had clothing and a few other items including gold and silver coins.

 

He went into his stateroom and dragged them to the main deck. Where a sailor with a knife was cutting a piece of rope to lash the helm with when Vincenzo asked for a piece of rope to tie his luggage trunks together with. The sailor was in a hurry but knew Vincenzo who had done him a favor on this voyage, so he obliged. The sailor cut a few pieces for Vincenzo and then cut a piece for himself and hurried back up to the helm to lash down the steering wheel.

 

Still, on the same wavelength Kai’ike nods his head up and down indicating that he understood what Vincenzo was conveying. Vincenzo continued, after tying the two chests together a big wave came crashing onto the deck, and Vincenzo and his luggage containers were swept overboard. Coming back up for air Vincenzo spotted his luggage trunks and swam toward them. After getting a hold of the rope that held the two containers together Vincenzo started to drift away. Bobbing up and down in the stormy seas some distance from the ship he notices that the ship was sinking and before long it had disappeared from sight.

 

By morning the storm had passed and the seas were returning to normal. Being the only survivor he wondered about his fate as he drifted in the waters of the tropical latitudes clinging onto his luggage and drinking rainwater from a few squalls that would appear after the storm. A week would pass and his mental state of mind was weary and entering a sense of hopelessness. His sunburned hands and face were starting to peel, his lower body felt shriveled for being in the water so long. Then one day he sees a sail on the horizon. 

 

 As it got closer the sail was part of a large double-hull canoe that was coming towards him. As it got closer he noticed they were dark-skinned men who spoke in a language that he did not understand. A line is tossed and Vincenzo grabs it. After being rescued and sitting on the deck, a man came up to him and through mental telepathy says “He is Alohi Hoku the Navigator of Eheu O Apopo (Wings of Tomorrow) the boat that they are on. Alohi Hoku would describe his dream from the night before of rescuing a man from the sea.” 

 

After floating around for a week in the ocean Vincenzo wasn’t sure what was happening to him as Alohi Hoku said “It was an omen.” Vincenzo listened in silence as the Navigator went on, about how he would meet someone and that they would be together for the rest of their lives on an island, and that his mana would be passed on to a stranger not known to him. After listening to the vision Vincenzo wonders who this someone might be.

 

They sailed for three days and three nights and Alohi Hoku would look at the stars at night and tells the helmsman where to steer. On the fourth day, they would reach landfall at the break of dawn and go to the beach near the village of Lokahi. The double hull canoe’s bows settled on the beach and Vincenzo and his luggage were dropped off onto the sand when the Navigator looking down on him from the deck of the boat said “I am going to another island over the horizon” with that being said he waved and said “Aloha”. His crew pushed off from the beach and they sailed off towards the horizon. 

 

 Vincenzo was checking his trunk and it wasn’t more than a few minutes that he turned to see where Eheu O Apopo was, but only to see that they had vanished. A woman who had been walking along the beach came toward him and greeted the stranger by placing her hand on her chest and saying “Nani Pua”. He stood there for a moment before returning the gesture by saying “Vincenzo” and looked into her eyes and felt as if time stood still and that this was the person Alohi Hoku had mentioned.

 

Nani Pua smiled and pointed toward the village where she came from and gestured she would help him with his trunks by pointing to herself than to one end trunk, then pointing to Vincenzo to go to the other end. He got the hint and followed her instructions and did what she wanted. They took the first chest to the path near some bushes on the knoll and cover it with leaves. They returned to the beach and got the other trunk. She and would take Vincenzo and the trunks back to her hale that was on the outskirt of the village, then went back for the other trunk.“This is how I had arrived here” Vincenzo explained to Kai’ike. 

 

“Alohi Hoku the Navigator is a legendary figure, who discovered these islands a long, long, time ago and appears when the destiny of one will affect others,” Kai’ike said. Vincenzo by this time knew that something mystical was happening to him and had accepted it, though he still wasn't quite sure why. “All the hustling around in my previous life didn’t matter that much now in his new surroundings. Doing things in leisure with someone special, a person who is confident and passionate in what she does. Understanding who she is and has the grace and elegance in her own special way” Vincenzo explained to Kai’ike.

 

After listening to Vincenzo's description of his woman, Kai’ike is thinking welcome to the aha hai (club) as he thought of Hokuao his wife. Then explained to him that he made surfboards and went surfing whenever he could, and the conversation ended there. Kai’ike indicated that he was going home and pointed east to his village on the other side of the island. Described that it was greener on that side because the two large mountains would capture the clouds and it rained there more often.

 

Down by the beach, his crew is watching Kai’ike talking to the haole. They are patiently waiting for him to return and have his double hull canoe ready to go with a few extra men in the outrigger canoe that was traded. They would follow the main canoe back to the village in it. Kai'ike raised his hand and said "Aloha" and started walking back to his boat. Vincenzo sensing he had just met a powerful person got up in a respectful posture and said "Aloha Kai'ik'e, till we meet again.".

 

 Kai’ike would visualize Vincenzo staying on the island since that time and see him and Nani Pua doing things a couple would do. Since he met Nani Pua, Vincenzo was a different person than before. They would learn from each other and she would become his translator and him, her teacher. They would take daily excursions up to the mountainside and view the coastline.

 

Vincenzo made her laugh with his expressions and joking around. During the late afternoon, they take long walks along the beach to crystal clear lagoons for a swim and dive below the coral reefs. She would teach him surfing and he would catch on fast. They would go surf when there were waves and lie on the beach and pass the time away. With each passing day, Nani Pua had the look of a woman in love and she never wanted it to end.  

 

By this time Vincenzo was well-liked by the villager, the elders, and the Ali’i. He was able to talk to them and become accustomed to their culture. Vincenzo and Nani Pua were married nine months later. He wanted to go see Kai’ike and visit his village. So the following week Vincenzo had the use of a fishing boat and it was ready for the trip to the other side of the island. They had enough provisions and water to get there plus they would be fishing and stopping in bays along the way. With a steady breeze, Vincenzo and Nani Pua left the village and headed south to Ka Lae (the Point).

 

 It was near noon and they were rounding Ka Lae and heading east. Nani Pua mentioned there were a few bays that they could stop at later that day. She suggested throwing a line out with bait to catch a fish for dinner. So he placed the bait on a hook that was connected to a line coiled in a circle near the front of the canoe. He tossed the bait overboard and watched it float and start to drift away. It wasn’t long before a 10 lbs. Aku took the bait and the line was uncoiling fast. 

 

 Rushing over to the line, Vincenzo grab the line and began feeling a burning sensation on his hands. He let go and looked at his hands and they were bleeding. Thinking fast he grab two pieces of Kapa cloth from a palm frond basket nearby and placed them in his hands. He then squeezes the line until the line stopped going out, then began hauling in the fish. Nani Pua calls out to him and says “Be careful around the line” she said. Still excited and hauling in the fish Vincenzo turns to Nani Pua and says “Yes I will my love". 

 

 All of a sudden a huge 2000 lbs. A Black Marlin head appeared out of the water. The line with the Aku goes limp. Vincenzo’s eyes widen and his mouth opened in disbelief at the size of the fish as it came out of the water. It had the Aku in its mouth and was looking at the canoe when the huge fish rolled over onto its side. A big splash occurred as it reentered the water and sent a shock wave that would rock the canoe. Stunned and off balance Vincenzo lets go of the line and looked down at his feet. The line was uncoiling fast and was wrapping around his leg and ankle. He grabs his knife, but it was too late. His foot was jerked up from under him and he was dragged overboard.

 

 He took a big gasp of air as he entered the water, while Nani Pua seeing what had just happened grabbed a knife and dove in after him. The water is clear and she can see him going deeper as the marlin takes a turn. She continues to swim after him, her mind is filled with memories of Vincenzo as she continues to swim deeper. Her love for him is captured by the rapture of the deep. The line that holds him had tangled on the reef some 100 feet below the surface and the marlin is free of him and the Aku. Vincenzo is helplessly at the end of his line. Nani Pua has caught up to him and both look at each other as she embraces him, and with their last breaths, they kiss and close their eyes.

 

 The canoe that they were on had his diaries and was drifting away with the current into the afternoon glare. It disappears from sight into the vast open ocean and with it the thought of Vincenzo and Nani Pua. The Kahuna was looking down at the bay and is wondering about the books that went adrift in the canoe and what they meant. The onshore breeze is swaying the coconut palm fronds as Hokuao who knew where to find Kai’ike appears from the vegetation and she says “You have found peace in what was disturbing you.” 

 

He turns and smiles without saying a word. He put his arm on her shoulders and starts walking back down the path. Breaking his silence Kai’ike says “I had this vision of Vincenzo the haole whom I met on the other side of the island a while back, today he and Nani Pua his love has left us and they are forever together” Kai’ike said turning to the ocean and pausing for a moment.

 

Continuing his train of thought “I also had a vision of my father before thinking of Vincenzo. Then visualizing the canoe disappearing into the horizon, I saw a father and his son crossing a bridge just before you came” said Kai’ike. “Yes I remember you telling me about Vincenzo, but who are these people crossing the bridge,” she asked “They are from a land far away and a few years from now” replied Kai’ike and he continued “It has something to do with the book that Vincenzo had written.”


The approximate inches in diameter of the trunk fore told of how long it might take to get it done. Two of the inner planks will be used for surfboard blanks and the other two pieces will be used for other items. With the pieces laid to the side, Kai’ike is viewing them and is thinking of his next shape. His knowledge of surfing and surfboards has given him a certain insight into how a surfboard rides. He is remembering a surf session that took place a week back when he was surfing large swells in the channel between the islands, with the assistance of a crew in a double-hull canoe.

The same crew who had been cutting down the tree, had also been the crew who had paddled into a large swell. Their efforts will be rewarded by Kai’ike by making them their own a surfboard. As he is visualizing himself on the wave and analyzing his position on the surfboard. Kai’ike is focusing on the rails of that surfboard that he rode that day, how edgy it was on the takeoff and wanting to a make it the turn smoother. With that in mind, he wood have his wooden blank taken back to his shaping area the next day.  

The sun was overhead as the sweat continued to develop on the worker's foreheads and arms. Kai’ike steps away to find a stump to sit on. He is visualizing an event that is happening in real-time to someone he knows. After sitting there for a while he returns and gives instructions on what he wants to be done “After you are through with the pieces, take them to my surfboard hut near the beach. Place this one (pointing to one of the wider pieces) on the stone racks in the middle of the hut and the others in the canoe hut”. 

 

 Noticeably disturbed about something Kai’ike tells his crew that he is going to the lookout point at Ho’ukahi (solitude) cliff that overlooks the ocean and the village of I’a, which is half a mile away. After walking to the lookout point, Kai’ike is gazing towards the east out onto the ocean as a White Tern flies by. Kai’ike closes his eyes and contemplates his special gift of visualizing other places and people within his current time and people and events in the future. His father had this special gift also and was able to see a thing that others did not.

 

 A transparent silhouette of his father appears pointing to a waterfall nearby with his right hand, then gliding his left hand from the waterfall out towards the ocean, expressing the flow of the water. Kai’ike takes a deep breath and exhales and then nods his head up and down to express his understanding of the vision. He spoke out loud to release the sorrow within him and said “Oh father, two of our friends have left us and it is with sorrow that I once again call out to you to say they are coming to be with those who went before them. Even though they were here for a short while, they shared their moments with us and the thought of them will last a lifetime in the minds and hearts of those who knew them” as he closed his eyes and bowed his head.

 

  It was 9 months before when Kai’ike had met the haole who was in his thoughts. He was visiting an Ali’i of the village of Lokahi. The Ali’i was interested in Kai’ike surfboards and after bartering an outrigger canoe for four of his surfboards Kai’ike and the Ali’I touched their foreheads and sealed the deal. After the ceremony, Kai’ike left the Ali’I hale (house) and came across the haole who was writing something down in his diary under a coconut palm tree. Kai’ike was curious and looked at his writing. The haole sensed that Kai’ike had special powers and felt the aura of mental telepathy, the same mental telepathy that Alohi Hoku used when he and his crew had rescued him from the ocean. 

 

 The haole looked at Kai’ike and communicated through mental telepathy. He introduces himself by thinking of Vincenzo and placed his hand on his chest then with the same hand pointed at Kai’ike who spoke without saying a word and replied Kai’ike. Vincenzo at this point was thinking back when he placed his hand on his chest again and pointed west. Remembering when he first boarded a ship in Manila and was departing to Acapulco, Mexico.

 

Vincenzo was a businessman with many connections in Asia and Southeast Asia. But all that would come to an abrupt halt as a hurricane developed off the waters of Central America and was heading westward towards the ship he was on. The storm hit at night and created chaos onboard the Spanish ship “Ninos Voyagers 9”. With her masts broken and her sails torn and tattered the Captain was giving orders left and right. The ship was taking on water and the crew was scrambling around.

 

Vincenzo decided to have his luggage trunk near him if the ship should sink. Those trunks were specially made for him by a craftsman who made them air-tight for all of his writing instruments, that had records of his contracts, his diaries, maps, and that he had recorded on sheets to write and draw maps with. The other trunk was of the same construction and had clothing and a few other items including gold and silver coins.

 

He went into his stateroom and dragged them to the main deck. Where a sailor with a knife was cutting a piece of rope to lash the helm with when Vincenzo asked for a piece of rope to tie his luggage trunks together with. The sailor was in a hurry but knew Vincenzo who had done him a favor on this voyage, so he obliged. The sailor cut a few pieces for Vincenzo and then cut a piece for himself and hurried back up to the helm to lash down the steering wheel.

 

Still, on the same wavelength Kai’ike nods his head up and down indicating that he understood what Vincenzo was conveying. Vincenzo continued, after tying the two chests together a big wave came crashing onto the deck, and Vincenzo and his luggage containers were swept overboard. Coming back up for air Vincenzo spotted his luggage trunks and swam toward them. After getting a hold of the rope that held the two containers together Vincenzo started to drift away. Bobbing up and down in the stormy seas some distance from the ship he notices that the ship was sinking and before long it had disappeared from sight.

 

By morning the storm had passed and the seas were returning to normal. Being the only survivor he wondered about his fate as he drifted in the waters of the tropical latitudes clinging onto his luggage and drinking rainwater from a few squalls that would appear after the storm. A week would pass and his mental state of mind was weary and entering a sense of hopelessness. His sunburned hands and face were starting to peel, his lower body felt shriveled for being in the water so long. Then one day he sees a sail on the horizon. 

 

 As it got closer the sail was part of a large double-hull canoe that was coming towards him. As it got closer he noticed they were dark-skinned men who spoke in a language that he did not understand. A line is tossed and Vincenzo grabs it. After being rescued and sitting on the deck, a man came up to him and through mental telepathy says “He is Alohi Hoku the Navigator of Eheu O Apopo (Wings of Tomorrow) the boat that they are on. Alohi Hoku would describe his dream from the night before of rescuing a man from the sea.”

 

After floating around for a week in the ocean Vincenzo wasn’t sure what was happening to him as Alohi Hoku said “It was an omen.” Vincenzo listened in silence as the Navigator went on, about how he would meet someone and that they would be together for the rest of their lives on an island and that his mana would be passed on to a stranger not known to him. After listening to the vision Vincenzo wonders who this someone might be.

 

They sailed for three days and three nights and Alohi Hoku would look at the stars at night and tells the helmsman where to steer. On the fourth day, they would reach landfall at the break of dawn and go to the beach near the village of Lokahi. The double hull canoe’s bows settled on the beach and Vincenzo and his luggage was dropped off onto the sand when the Navigator looking down on him from the deck of the boat said “I am going to another island over the horizon” with that being said he waved and said “Aloha”. His crew pushed off from the beach and they sailed off towards the horizon. 

 

 Vincenzo was checking his trunk and it wasn’t more than a few minutes that he turned to see where Eheu O Apopo was, but only to see that they had vanished. A woman who had been walking along the beach came toward him and greeted the stranger by placing her hand on her chest and saying “Nani Pua”. He stood there for a moment before returning the gesture by saying “Vincenzo” and looked into her eyes and felt as if time stood still and that this was the person Alohi Hoku had mentioned.

 

Nani Pua smiled and pointed toward the village where she came from and gestured she would help him with his trunks by pointing to herself than to one end trunk, then pointing to Vincenzo to go to the other end. He got the hint and followed her instructions and did what she wanted. They took the first chest to the path near some bushes on the knoll and cover it with leaves. They returned to the beach and got the other trunk. She and would take Vincenzo and the trunks back to her hale that was on the outskirt of the village, then went back for the other trunk.“This is how I had arrived here” Vincenzo explained to Kai’ike.

 

“Alohi Hoku the Navigator is a legendary figure, who discovered these islands a long, long, time ago and appears when the destiny of one will affect others” Kai’ike said. Vincenzo by this time knew that something mystical was happening to him and had accepted it, though he still wasn't quite sure why. “All the hustling around in my previous life didn’t matter that much now in his new surroundings. Doing things in leisure with someone special, a person who is confident and passionate in what she does. Understanding who she is and has the grace and elegance in her own special way” Vincenzo explained to Kai’ike.

 

After listening to Vincenzo's description of his woman, Kai’ike is thinking welcome to the ahahui (club) as he thought of Hokuao his wife. Then explained to him that he made surfboards and went surfing whenever he could, and the conversation ended there. Kai’ike indicated that he was going home and pointed east to his village on the other side of the island. Described that it was greener on that side because the two large mountains would capture the clouds and it rained there more often.

 

Down by the beach, his crew is watching Kai’ike talking to the haole. They are patiently waiting for him to return and have his double hull canoe ready to go with a few extra men in the outrigger canoe that was traded. They would follow the main canoe back to the village in it. Kai'ike raised his hand and said "Aloha" and started walking back to his boat. Vincenzo sensing he had just met a powerful person got up in a respectful posture and said "Aloha Kai;ike, till we meet again".

 

 Kai’ike would visualize Vincenzo stay on the island since that time and see him and Nani Pua doing things a couple would do. Since he met Nani Pua, Vincenzo was a different person than before. They would learn from each other and she would become his translator and he, her teacher. They would take daily excursions up to the mountainside and view the coastline.

 

Vincenzo made her laugh with his expressions and joking around. During the late afternoon, they take long walks along the beach to crystal clear lagoons for a swim and dive below the coral reefs. She would teach him surfing and he would catch on fast. They would go surf when there were waves and lie on the beach and pass the time away. With each passing day, Nani Pua had the look of a woman in love and she never wanted it to end.  

 

By this time Vincenzo was well-liked by the villager, the elders, and the Ali’i. He was able to talk to them and become accustomed to their culture. Vincenzo and Nani Pua were married nine months later. He wanted to go see Kai’ike and visit his village. So the following week Vincenzo had the use of a fishing boat and it was ready for the trip to the other side of the island. They had enough provisions and water to get there plus they would be fishing and stopping in bays along the way. With a steady breeze, Vincenzo and Nani Pua left the village and headed south to Ka Lae (the Point).

 

 It was near noon and they were rounding Ka Lae and heading east. Nani Pua mentioned there were a few bays that they could stop at later that day. She suggested throwing a line out with bait to catch a fish for dinner. So he placed the bait on a hook that was connected to a line coiled in a circle near the front of the canoe. He tossed the bait overboard and watched it float and start to drift away. It wasn’t long before a 10 lbs. Aku took the bait and the line was uncoiling fast. 

 

 Rushing over to the line, Vincenzo grab the line and began feeling a burning sensation on his hands. He let go and looked at his hands and they were bleeding. Thinking fast he grab two pieces of Kapa cloth from a palm frond basket nearby and placed them in his hands. He then squeezes the line until the line stopped going out, then began hauling in the fish. Nani Pua calls out to him and says “Be careful around the line” she said. Still excited and hauling in the fish Vincenzo turns to Nani Pua and says “Yes I will my love". 

 

 All of a sudden a huge 2000 lbs. A Black Marlin head appeared out of the water. The line with the Aku goes limp. Vincenzo’s eyes widen and his mouth opened in disbelief at the size of the fish as it came out of the water. It had the Aku in its mouth and was looking at the canoe when the huge fish rolled over onto its side. A big splash occurred as it reentered the water and sent a shock wave that would rock the canoe. Stunned and off balance Vincenzo lets go of the line and looked down at his feet. The line was uncoiling fast and was wrapping around his leg and ankle. He grabs his knife, but it was too late. His foot was jerked up from under him and he was dragged overboard.

 

 He took a big gasp of air as he entered the water, while Nani Pua seeing what had just happened grabbed a knife and doved in after him. The water is clear and she can see him going deeper as the marlin takes a turn. She continues to swim after him, her mind is filled with memories of Vincenzo as she continues to swim deeper. Her love for him is captured by the rapture of the deep. The line that holds him had tangled on the reef some 100 feet below the surface and the marlin is free of him and the Aku. Vincenzo is helplessly at the end of his line. Nani Pua has caught up to him and both look at each other as she embraces him, and with their last breaths they kiss and close their eyes.

 

 The canoe that they were on had his diaries and was drifting away with the current into the afternoon glare. It disappears from sight into the vast open ocean and with it the thought of Vincenzo and Nani Pua. The Kahuna was looking down at the bay, and is wondering about the books that went adrift in the canoe and what it meant. The onshore breeze is swaying the coconut palm fronds as Hokuao who knew where to find Kai’ike appears from the vegetation and she says “You have found peace in what was disturbing you.” He turns and smiles and without saying a word. He put his arm on her shoulders and starts walking back down the path. Breaking his silence Kai’ike says “I had this vision of Vincenzo the haole whom I met on the other side of the island a while back, today he and Nani Pua his love has left us and they are forever together” Kai’ike said turning to the ocean and pausing for a moment.

 

Continuing his train of thought “I also had a vision of my father before thinking of Vincenzo. Then visualizing the canoe disappearing into the horizon, I saw a father and his son crossing a bridge just before you came” said Kai’ike. “Yes I remember you telling me about Vincenzo, but who are these people crossing the bridge,” she asked “They are from a land far away and a few years from now” replied Kai’ike and he continued “It has something to do with the book that Vincenzo had written.”

 

EPISODE 2

"In the Shaping Room"

 

The clouds float by above the ocean and Kai’ike can view the scenery from his shaping room. The shaping room is part of a large hut that has five individual panels next to each other on the north side of the hut. They are hinged with rope onto a bamboo beam that is the length of the hut wall. There are ten poles used to support the beam, that supports the thatched roof. There is one pole at each corner, then two poles a foot apart spaced equally to accept the 5 panels. Where each panel has two poles to tie up to in case of a storm or windy conditions. Each panel can be lifted and held up in a place with two braces at their lower corners of the panels. The purpose of the configuration is to let as much natural light in as possible.

Inside, near the south wall are the 4 slab pieces of the koa that was harvested from the forest, recently by his crew. The boards have two blocks separating each other, so as to have air space between them with two larger blocks at the ground. His shaping racks are box frames made of koa wood tied together. Its height is just above his waist, and situated where he can work and not strain his body or arms while working on the blank slab. On his shaping racks is a slab of Wili wili that his crew had found a month prior. 
 
The piece, which was the trunk of a large Wili wili tree was found near the slopes where the climate was arid and dry. Five miles inland from the village. The size of the blank is around 14 feet (4.27 meters) long and 2 and a half feet wide (76.2 centimeters) and 6 inches (15.24 centimeters) thick. After some consideration, he decided to shape something slightly different from previous surfboards that he had shaped before. Recollecting the previous shapes he had done and the characteristic of how they rode. Wanting a surfboard for small to mid-size waves, able to be more maneuverable, but yet stable while dragging the rear foot on the turns.
 
Pausing for a moment while placing both hands on the top part of the Wili wili blank. He is concentrating on the subject of turning a surfboard. He had done this before and viewed his current times and a few centuries into the future. Where the designs of the surfboard hadn’t changed much and thought it would be the same going into the future. Then for some strange reason, his vision had leaped ahead into the mid-20th century and is viewing a modern surfboard shop. The workman was placing some sort of fin at the rear bottom of the surfboard. The vision started to fade where his hands were located, and returned scene returned to normal. 

Stepping over to his table where his tool was located, he looked for a scrap piece of tapa. He located and picked up a piece of charcoal to draw on. Then proceeded to draw the fin at the bottom of a surfboard that he had seen. Imaging the rear foot pressing down on the tail of the surfboard and the fin holding onto the wave. He begins to understand a correlation between the fin and the stabilization of the rear, from not slipping on the turn. With that thought, he wonders how to place the fin in place and be sturdy, and not break off from the surfboard. After thinking about it for a few minutes, he resumes his shaping procedure as he had done before. 

He places a mark at the front where the nose will be and a mark at the rear where the tail will be. After placing the marks at the nose and tail, his next procedure was to place tacks at those locations and then tie a twine from the front to the back tack. Using a straight edge, he would follow the line and draws a line using the charcoal pencil to make his center line. After which Kai’ike places a mark where the middle of the blank will be. From there he places the width mark on either side of the center line, using a measuring stick that has a unified tick mark spaced on it. 


After the marks had been placed. He walks over to the template shelf and grabs a few templates that he will use. One was for the alaia shape, another for the olo outlines, and another for a smaller alaia outline for the tail section. The templates are made from the bark of a Manale tree, of which he had many to choose from after having accumulated them through the years. Wanting to have a slightly more rounded nose, Kai’ike has a certain outline in mind, which was the nose of a alaia outline. Then the longer mid-section of the olo outline. Moving to the tail area he places the smaller alaia outline in reverse for the curvature. 

 After adjusting the templates to his liking, he draws the outline using the edge of the template and a pencil size charcoal stick. Looking over the outline, Kai’ike is content with the outline and puts away the templates. Going over to his toolbox, he grabs the narrow edge adze, and begins to hack away at the wood, one inch from the outline. Moving from front to back the piece of the rail section dangles in the air. Turning around he starts at the tail line and hacks away at the piece that has been cut. Holding on to the last bit of wood of the rail section, the final piece of wood is hacked out and Kai’ike is holding the excess piece of wood, that he will use for something else. Doing the same to the other side.

After completing the procedure, the bulk of the excess wood outside of the line is removed. Using his mallet hammer and special chisel, he begins to carve away at the remaining wood outside of the line. Being careful not to cut into the outline. The remaining small area of wood is sanded with coral and finished with pumice to the outline. Stopping for a break, he takes a drink of water from his gourd. Then begins to shape the bottom contour of the nose and tail creating the rocker of the nose and tail, leaving a flat spot in the middle. The thickness is next to be chipped away, blending it with the nose and tail sections.
 
After working most of the morning, Kai’ike takes another break and looks out at the ocean and sees some white water breaking. He steps outside of his shaping room and goes around to the front of his Hale and sees waving breaking. Before entering his shaping room the ocean was flat, but now it had come up and was 3 feet. Knowing the surfboard he is working on can wait, but not the waves. He goes inside his residence to see if Hokuao would like to go surfing. She wasn’t inside, so he walks over to her workshop where she is pounding pieces of a banyan tree to a pulp to make tapa, a cloth fiber to make their clothing.
 
“Kai’ike,” she said with a smile. “The surf is coming up, do you want to go surf?” He said. “Yes, you read my mind,” she said. They both looked anxious and went to get ready. She placed a wetted tapa cloth on the work she was doing. “I will meet you on the beach, and have the surfboards ready,” Kai’ike said. They change into their swimwear to go out. Having decided to use their small wave boards that were modified olo shapes. Kai’ike goes to the surfboard hut near the beach and gets them out, and places them at the beach near the water’s edge. As they stood near the water’s edge holding hands, Kai’ike begins his chant of thanking the gods for the waves and their well beings.
 
After the chant, they both started to wade into waist-high water, before lying on their boards and begins to paddle out to the break. “It feels good to be paddling out for some waves. A couple of weeks without waves seem not to my choosing” Hokuao said. “Yes, it does make a difference and I feel good we are going surfing. I’m working on a new shape, hoping for improvements in the way it rides” Kai’ike said thinking about the fin at the tail area. “Oh, what’s new?” Hokuao asked. “I’m making it less thick, and craving more lifts on the nose and tail area by taking away more bulk material from those areas,” Kai’ike said. “That sounds interesting, when do you think it will be finished and out in the water?” she asked. 
 
“In about 5 days' time, I hope the waves will be around,” Kai’ike said. “I would love to try it,” Hokuao said. “Yes, if you like it, it will be yours. Also, I had a vision of a fin, if you cut the tip of a canoe paddle and place it on the rear of the board, that is what it will look like” Kai’ike said with a smile, as they continued paddling to the takeoff spot. Hokuao talks about what she is going to do afterward “I’m making a new garment and need to sew it together and make some more tapa cloth” she said. Kai’ike is listening to her and looking out at the horizon. They sit and wait for the waves, it wasn’t long before a set of waves appear on their horizon. “I will take this one coming,” Hokuao said as she laid down and started paddling over to the peak.
 
The wave started to the lineup and was getting ready to break. “Go, go,” Kai’ike said looking at her. Hokuao surfboard begins to move on its own as the spray of water from the nose shoots off to the side and she pushes off the board and stands up. With her arm stretched out to her side. She places her leg into the water, and the surfboard starts to turn and the speed begins to increase. Looking at the wave shape, the upper edge of the wave begins to feather indicating it will soon be breaking white water. She crouches as the breaking wave churns behind her.
 
Kai’ike doesn’t see her after catching the wave. Then he turns to the waves coming in, keeping an eye on the fourth wave of the set. Meanwhile, Hokuao is riding along with the critical section behind her and the rolling section of the wave is in front of her. She goes into a cutback maneuver by sticking her forward leg to the outside edge of the surfboard. Then drop it into the water while balancing her stance. Then removing her leg out of the water and switching to her rear leg and sticking it back into the water on the inside rail, going into another bottom turn. She is moving along, climbing, and dropping on the wave by shifting her weight, and is picking up speed. 
 
Back at the lineup, Kai’ike watches as the two waves behind the one Hokuao had caught passes. Rotating his legs like a propeller in a clockwise manner, as his surfboard moves around to 90 degrees, then he begins to paddle over to the takeoff spot. Turning some more while paddling, where he is at a 45-degree angle to the swell, and begins to paddle hard. Paddling hard, he glides down the face and prepares for the bottom turn by sticking his leg into the water. 
 
He senses the wave is breaking behind him, and the sprays of the wave catch the corner of his eye as he comes out of his abbreviated bottom turn and adjusts his weight. Riding high, he sees Hokuao paddling back out, and begins to prepare for his next maneuver. She looks over at him with just his head and shoulders appearing moving along at a steady speed. He goes into his maneuver and she no longer sees him. Their session would last for an hour and a half before they decided to go in on the same wave. After gliding onto the beach, they leave the board on the sand and walk over to a nearby lagoon of brackish water, they jump in and wash off the saltwater. Returning back to the beach Kai’ike would put both surfboards away. Hokuao would go back to her shop and resume pounding the piece she was doing. Kai’ike went back to shaping. 
 
Spending the remainder of the day rough shaping the board. After working on the bottom
the curvature of the nose. He is dishing out the top area of the nose area. Making what he thinks will help out for the surfboard, not to pearl (nose dive). Flipping it over to the bottom and blends the flat part of the middle to the nose and tail. Instead of having a blocky rail like the kind he had done before of an edge on the top and bottom. He decided to curve the railing on top and some on the bottom. Wanting to match the same on each side. Kai’ike goes to the template shelf once again to get a template as a guide to match the contour of each side. Then proceeded to make a curve slope on the rails, trying to match each side to look the same.
 
After using the adze to make the rough contour, he uses a sharp long blade that has handles on both ends of it. With a short pulling motion, he goes over the areas of the rough cut and makes it smoother, before finishing it off by rubbing a coral handheld block and following that with a pumice block on both sides, top, and bottom. He thought about how he could turn his surfboard without placing his foot into the water to make a turn. Kai’ike was thinking about the fin he saw in the future, what kind of outline the fin should have and how he could place it at the rear of the surfboard. 
 
A knock on the hale and Kai’ike turns to see who it is. It was Po’ano a messenger of the Ali’i (the leader of the village). “Po’ano, what brings you here,” he asked. “The ali’i wants to meet with you about a new Olo surfboard he wants to be built,” Po’ano said. Kai’ike would stop what he was doing and step outside to talk about the surfboard outside. The afternoon breeze was blowing and it felt good for Kai’ike who had been working nonstop. “So, when did the ali’i want to discuss this matter?” Kai’ike asked. “He would like you to stop by tomorrow mid-morning,” Po’ano said. “Yes, tell him I will be there tomorrow, at the time he wants,” Kai’ike said looking out at the surf that had gone down.
 
“Yes, I will tell him. I was wondering, would you have a used alaia I could barter for? My daughter wants to learn to surf. The board I have is too big for her” Po’ano said. Kai’ike had an expression of who had one that could be traded for. “I do not have one at the time, but Kuohia has one and it is shorter than the usual length. He was wanting a new one that was longer and thicker. Perhaps you can talk to him about it and then he could get another from me” Kai’ike said. “I will do that, Mahalo Kai’ike. Aloha” Po’ano said as he raised his hand and went on his way.

 

 

EPISODE 3

"The Vision"

Arriving at the village, Kahuna Kai’ike goes over to the Ali’i hale. “Aloha Mokauai, you wanted to see me?” He asked. “Aa yes, I am interested in getting a new surfboard, one of your latest shapes. Also, will you put together a surf contest for the Makahiki festival in three months” the Ali’i said. “Yes, I can start on your surfboard next week, and organize the contest” Kai’ike replied. “Good, I look forward to it, Mahalo Kai’ike” the Ali’i said. Kai’ike walks over to him and touches his forehead with his. 

Leaving the Ali’i, Kai’ike goes over to Namanali’s hale to see him and to discuss the surf contest. His wife tells the Kahuna that he had gone fishing, and would be back later that day. The Kahuna tells her, “Can he stop by my hale when he can. I have a few things I would like to talk to him about” he said. “I will let him know” she replied back, as Kai’ike thanked her and went on his way.

Returning home, he remembers that he had to check on the tapa soaking in the dye solution for Hokuao, who would have gone to visit her sister earlier. After removing the tapa and placing it on the tapa line to let dry, he decides to do some shaping first and then go surfing after. With that in mind, he goes to the shaping room and looks around before he resumes. Grabbing an adze from a shelf, he starts chipping away at the bottom of the nose, then moves to the tail area and does the same. Looking at the thickness of the Wili wili blank, he decides to take more off the bottom. After reducing the volume in the middle, he blends the middle to the front, and then the middle to the rear of the board. Still wanting to take more off, he flips it over and takes some off the nose, the deck, and the tail. 

Fully concentrating on the process, he worked up a sweat, and decided to take a break, and go outside. He walks over to the Monkey Pod tree and sits on his custom-made koa bench. Looking out and watching the waves roll in at the point for about 15 minutes. Through the corner of his eye, he sees someone on the beach walking in his direction. It is Outaforium in the appearance of a native person. After about ten minutes, he approaches Kai’ike who is underneath the tree. “Aloha, Kai’ike” Outaforium said. “Aloha stranger, I have not seen you before. Who are you and what brings you here?” Kai’ike asked. 

“I am Outa, and come from a village in the sky. I have a message from my superior who has sent me here” Outa said. “I sense your power is far more powerful than anyone I have ever met before. How did you know my name?” the Kahuna asked. “I have the power to know many things, such as the future and the past. My vision has allowed me to know who you are, and I am here to let you know that there will be some people from afar visiting you” Outa said. “I know what you are talking about, and know they are coming,” Kai’ike said. “It is part of destiny that they come as you know, where one thing leads to another. The books your friend Vincenzo wrote about that had drifted through time and space. Where it was found by others as you know” Outa said.

“Yes I saw that coming in my visions, I too am able to know many things in the world of what has been and yet to be. Then you and I are part of this destiny you talk of” Kai’ike said. “Yes, that is what I speak of. We have much in common, and I don’t mind telling you more. But there is a very fine line of what to do and what not to do regarding what I speak of” Outa said. “So the person in my visions is coming here in a large boat with others,” Kai’ike said. “Yes, I find our conversation to be on the same wavelength. We can help you and your people when that day comes with the first group of explorers. My leader has found your way of life to his liking and would like to keep it that way as long as possible. But, he also knows that it will not be possible to keep it that way forever” Outa said. 

“Have a seat, and we have much to talk about” Kai’ike said waving his arm towards him and pointing to sit next to him. With a smile, Outa nods and takes a sits, and continues to talk of the future. The waves rolled in and the palm fronds swayed at them, with the winds blowing offshore. “Changing the subject, this may be of interest to you regarding surfboards. In the future, many things will be developed towards the advancement of surfboard building. As you know It takes months for you to make a surfboard, because of the tools you have and the material that you use. But, for four hundred years your predecessor will make surfboards the way you are doing now. Then the process will change and they will use what will be known as a draw knife, instead of an adze. Then it will change to a tool called a power planer that will remove the wood in seconds instead of many minutes. But, this tool that I speak of will need one thing to make it work. That thing I mention is called electricity” Outa said not looking at Kai’ike, but at the sky. 

He resumed his train of thought “Lightning is the offspring of the clouds and electricity is the offspring of lightning. Born from above, the power of planer came to be. A tool whose blade spins around and cuts away the foam material of the blank or as you know it to be your large block of wood. Then a tool that will be developed after that is what will be known as a computerized shaping machine. It will shape the core material even faster than before and be able to do different shapes or the same thing over and over if you want it to. I can go on, but you get the idea that things in the future will be changing in making surfboards” Outa said.

“What you talk about now has me wondering. I did have a vision of surfing, but not that far in advance, I can’t fully imagine what you talk of” Kai’ike said. “Perhaps we can go into your shaping room and I can show you,” Outa said “Yes, that will be better,” Kai’ike said. “Ok,” Outa said as he got up and they would both get up and walks over to his shaping room. As they enter, Kai’ike walks over to his shape and slowly moves his hand over his shape, and says “This is what I make to ride the waves here. I put my heart and soul into each surfboard that I make” Kai’ike said proudly.

“I have no reason to doubt you, your sentiment belongs to all who take their craft seriously. You may not know this, but in the future, they will call those who do what you are doing “Shapers” and they are the ones who make it possible for this sport to advance. They are ones to pass on the spirit of making surfboards to others. Place both your hands on your board and I will give you a glimpse of what will be” Outa said pointing to the middle of the Wili wili blank. 

Kai’ike sees a vision of clouds forming in the middle of his pre-shape, then the clouds disappeared. Out of nowhere, an adze is floating around in a circle. Then a person has it in his hand, hacking away at the wood for a few moments. Then the adze morphs into a draw knife while it continues going around in a circular motion. “That is the draw knife I talked about earlier” Outa said as the person in the vision is pulling it across the surface of a balsa shape. Then the vision changes and Kai’ike is looking at the draw knife as it fades, and a Skil 100 power planer appears. 

“That is the power planer I talked about also. It makes removing the material from the core much faster, be it wood or foam. Foam will be the material of choice to make surfboards in the future. But as anything removed, you cannot put it back! This tool needs electricity to work as mentioned” Outa said. “You mean to say, that in the future they will control lightning?” Kai’ike asked. “They can not control it but know of its properties they can create it and run it through wires that travel to the planer,” Outa said.

A vision appears with a shaper holding the planer mowing foam “The cut is .63 centimeters (1/8”) deep (As the planer begins to spin and make the distinctive sound of its blades cutting through foam). After the power planer, they advance to the next level in making a surfboard. Where what will be known as a computer shaping machine will take over. I will stop here, I think you get the idea of what it is that I talked about of the future of making a surfboard” Outa said. “My mind feels like a gourd overflowing with water. Truly amazing what will be used instead of an adze. Amazing, what will be used to make a surfboard, and those shapers you talk of, will there be many? Kai’ike asked. “I will stop here, I think you get the idea of what it is that I talked about of the future of making a surfboard” Outa said. “My mind feels like a gourd overflowing with water. Amazing, what will be used to make a surfboard, and those shapers you talk of, will there be many? Kai’ike asked. “Yes, I will show you, so that you will get an idea of those who will do what you are doing here in these islands,” Outa said bringing up a list of names in the future.
 
“Here is a list, sees the name of those who would shape surfboards four hundred and eighty years into the future. There will be other names added, as it becomes known (link to the Hawaii shapers)” Outa said. “So these are the ones destiny had chosen to do what I am doing now,” Kai’ike said. “Yes, besides here. There will be many others from around this world in which it will continue for however long. I know this because we; meaning my people can go where others cannot as I had mentioned before” Outa said. “Outa, you truly are way beyond my own abilities,” Kai’ike said amazed at the information Outa is sharing with him. 

 The vision faded from the surfboard and Kai’ike moved to the front of the surfboard and looked down its length. Knowing one day that he will be joining his father, mother, and friends in Heaven. “I am amazed at what will be, and trying to think how I will go about with my words to others, as not to disturb what will be,” Kai’ike said. “Yes, it is something that I have known for quite a long time,” Outa said with a look of carrying a burden of responsibility.

After an hour of talking about other things. Hokuao walked in “Kai’ike, we have a guest I see” she said. “Hokuao, this is Outa, a man of knowledge beyond his years,” Kai’ike said. “It is nice to meet you Hokuao, I and Kai’ike have been talking about surfing and other things that will affect these islands,” Outa said. “It has opened my eyes, and I am amazed at such knowledge beyond where we are now,” Kai’ike said. “I must be going now,” Outa said. “Mahalo, I treasure your gift of words that you leave me with, I will take them with me through life,” the Kahuna said.

“We will meet again Hokuao and Kai’ike” said Outa as he waves to them and walked out of the shaping hale and disappeared. “I got goose pimples when he looked into my eyes. Who is he?” Hokuao said. “He is from the stars in the sky,” Kai’ike said. Hokuao stood in silence looking at Kai’ike with her thoughts reaching toward the stars. “Do you want to go surf?” he asked. “Yes, that will be fine,” Hokuao said turning around and walking out of the shaping room with Kai’ike.