Hanahou’ouHou!! The 37th Annual Rell Sunn Menehune Surfing Championships is back and will be held at Makaha Beach this November 23rd and 24th 2012. We have about 250 children ranging in ages 4 to 12 years old who will participate in 3 different categories: Bodyboarding, Shortboarding, and Longboarding.
The purpose of this program is to educate Hawaii’s youth about sportsmanship, the environment and to combat juvenile delinquency. This contest has been a spring board for many professional surfers who have excelled in their lives and have in turn come back and ‘given’ back to the community. We stress sportsmanship and environmental education to our keiki’s and everyone for it’s a subject that our foundation is very passionate about.
37 years ago, the “Queen of Makaha” took it upon herself to develop a program for the youth living on the leeward side of O’ahu. Statistics from the area in relation to youth violence, gang activity, substance abuse were rampant among the youth aged 16 and under. Knowing this Rell Sunn’s idea was to influence the kids earlier before they were infected and became part of the statistics.
Known as “Rell Sunn’s Menehune Surf Meet”, this event is focused on the keiki’s, to respect the environment and themselves. This annual event became the foundation for many now pro surfers and executives who realized that they too can achieve and are now productive members of the community. What began as a community activity to address youth at risk has blossomed into a statewide event where hundreds of children and their families participate every year.
Rell Sunn passed away in 1998, but the surf meet that benefited thousands of youth is still alive. This year marks the 37th anniversary of Rell Sunn’s dream, and we are asking for your help in making this event a success.