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It’s a Hawaii Thing – Brian Keaulana – Ultimate Waterman
May 17, 2021
Join Brook Lee and Lanai Tabura as they interview local celebrities, artists, community leaders and more on this fun, new weekly program dedicated to anything and everything unique to life in Hawaii.
Episode #35 – Featuring Brian Keaulana – Ultimate Waterman
Brian Keaulana is the son of legendary waterman “Buffalo” Keaulana and a wonderful woman many simply call “Aunty Momi.”
Keaulana was literally raised at Makaha Beach, where his father was a lifeguard. Keaulana earned the respect of watermen across the world for his powerful surfing style, and later for his ocean safety expertise and lifesaving techniques. He continues to thrive in the ocean as a master of tandem, canoe surfing, big-wave riding and tow-in surfing and has over 500 awards in these fields. The former Hokule’a crewmember also is a professional stuntman and stunt coordinator.
Brian innovated the use of the jet rescue crafts for high surf rescue, invented, and designed the rescue sled behind rescue crafts. He helped implement ocean risk management for the State, County and private sectors with the United States Army Safety Center in Hawaii and around the World.
“One of my biggest achievements is being a local lifeguard and saving thousands of people, and being able to teach that skill around the world,” says Keaulana. “Seeing the impact of the Jet Ski being used to save lives and knowing that I had my hand on that, that is something I’m really proud of.”
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Social media personality and “foodie” content creator Lanai Tabura adds, “This new channel allows me to apply experience from appearing on the Food Network and producing Cooking Hawaiian Style to encompassing all the many quirky, unique things about Island life. We want to keep the environment loose and spontaneous, ensuring the show is entertaining for both Kama’aina and fans of Hawaii from around the world.”
New “It’s a Hawaii Thing” episodes release on Mondays.
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