O Ka Hale Surfboard Collection at the Hawaii Convention Center (3rd Floor Concourse)

From left: The ‘Auana , The Pueo, Koa Wai Kula

Drawing inspiration from the inventors of surfing, the Polynesians, these hand-shaped alaia (traditional Hawaiian surfboards) blend the old with the new, and honor those who shaped and rode before us in Hawai‘i. Sustainably sourced and crafted by Lloyd Boards on the Island of Kaua‘i, each piece is designed with the shape of grains in mind so no two are the same.

The ‘Auana  (7’4″, HAU)

The ‘Auana (to drift or wander) is the perfect blend of contemporary and traditional. Shaped on both sides, the tail design of this drifting board allows riders to hold a better rail and surf either the top or bottom of the board.

Made from hau (hibiscus tiliaceus) and kukui and lychee stringers, this design represents a modern take on alaia riding.  

THE PUEO (7‘2, ‘ULU)

Many alaia are shaped from the ‘ulu (breadfruit) tree, which produces a staple food of Polynesians and serves as a symbol of abundance and resilience. In addition to surfboards, the tree is used to make canoes, homes, kapa (cloth), and in lā‘au lapa‘au (traditional Hawaiian medicinal practice).

The board’s grain resembles a pueo (endemic Hawaiian short-eared owl), which frequents the area near where the tree was harvested.

KOA WAI KULA (6′ 2″, KOA)

Koa is a highly valued endemic Hawaiian hardwood that was used by ali‘i (chief or chiefess) and ancient Hawaiians for tools, canoes and weapons. With a traditional shape, this koa board is inlaid with gold mica and finished with Kaua‘i bee propolis gloss.

A portion of the proceeds from these boards is donated to nonprofit organizations that promote, protect and work toward the perpetuation of native forests in Hawai‘i

ABOUT LLOYD BOARDS

Each Lloyd Boards surfboard is procured, harvested, milled and hand shaped on the Island of Kaua‘i. Boards are prototyped and tested in the waters close to where they are grown, and each one has its own story. Lloyd Boards collections serve as a remembrance to the ancient art of surfing and inspire the continued practice of alaia riding.

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