Benefit for the Mauli Ola Foundation
The Mauli Ola Foundation
The Mauli Ola Foundation began as a group of surfers who wanted to introduce surfing as a natural treatment to people with cystic fibrosis. Since 2007, Mauli Ola has taken nearly 1,300 CF patients surfing.
Kelly Slater and Paula Fuga
Slater with iconic island singer Paula Fuga. It's not the first time the two have struck a chord together, but it's a treat when they do and goes a long way in raising visability for the Mauli Ola Foundation.
In 2010 the Mauli Ola Foundation was awarded "The Agent of Change Award" by SURFER magazine for its positive contributions and example to the surfing community. Its roots are steeped in Polynesian tradition.
The last time Chevy Metal played for a surf crowd it was at the Billabong XXL Awards. They were fronted by David Grohl at the time and blew the roof off the joint. The Mauli Ola gig didn't have quite the star power, but there was no shortage of energy.
Buttons Kaluhiokalani and Mark Gabriel
Mark Gabriel and North Shore fixture Buttons Kaluhiokalani spread a little old school aloha. Gabriel grew up in the islands but has since relocated and runs The Mint art gallery in Dana Point, Calif. Both are involved with the Mauli Ola Foundation.
On The Floor
Large swaths of the surf community have become involved in Mauli Ola's cause, and don't mind bearing a little skin if it's going to get some attention.
Rochelle Ballard's one of the smilingest humans you'll meet. Since her days on the ASP's women's world tour she's dedicated herself to spreading the positivety of the surf life, including helping kids struggling with a disease beyond their control.
Makua Rothman just released his first album, "Makanale Road." For as hard as he charges, put a ukelele in his hand a softer side immediately comes to the surface. But how could your heart not melt when a kid like this takes the mic.
John John Florence
John John Florence with entourage at the Mauli Ola benefit at the Turtle Bay resort. The kid rolls deep.
From pit boss to spokesman, Kala Alexander was a pivotal figure in the rise of the Wolf Pak and the re-establishement of order in the Pipeline lineup in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Today he's an ambassador with the Mauli Ola Foundation.
Andy Irons Remembered
Rememberances of Andy Irons are everywhere in Hawaii, and the benefit for the Mauli Ola Foundation was no different. The three-time world champ, who passed away in November, 2010, continues to inspire.