The North Shore

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About Kikaha by Island Air 11 – Fall 2016
Crashing waves. Rustling palms. Winding roads. Misty mornings. Sure, these things embody wintertime on O‘ahu’s North Shore, the famous “Seven Mile Miracle” where the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing happens every year. But they also paint a picture of lesser-visited north shores of Hawai‘i, like Maui’s, where world-renowned big waves at Pe‘ahi roll into soaring cliffs, and a sleepy town often shrouded in mist is home to surfboard shapers, musicians, mom-and-pop shops, and contest-winning surfers. This issue explores talents found here, and also flung across the islands, including a man who has helped revive the sport of he‘e hōlua (Hawaiian sledding), and chefs at a small grocery store on Kaua‘i who keep it 100 percent local. In these pages, dive into what makes Hawai‘i such a unique place to visit or call home. Then, head north to see for yourself.

On the Cover
Andrea Moller regularly surfs the big winter waves of Pe‘ahi, also known as Jaws—she was even the first woman to paddle into break instead of being towed by a jet ski (the technique first used there). Says photographer Fred Pompermayer of this photo taken in 2014: “It was a big swell and Andrea was on fire. … I decided to shoot on the left channel, and I thought Andrea was positioned for the left, but when that wave came, it formed right on her direction and opened nicely to the right. She paddled hard, dropped, the wall kept rising, and she made it all the way to the right channel.”