Tom “Pohaku” Stone’s Wooden “Kiko’o” Board-video

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I met Tom “Pohaku” Stone at a party at Surftech Hawaii.  Pohaku is a legendary native Hawaiian waterman and wooden board shaper.  After he told me he was paddling the wood board, in a traditional Hawaiian malo from Molokai to Oahu (32 miles) I had to get it on video to share with everyone else. He showed me one of his boards, which I initially thought was a Paipo board. As it turns out, it was the Kiko’o 10 foot Koa wood board weighing in around 100 lbs. and is 3 inches thick.  I don’t know if I can carry the board, much less paddle it.

Watch the video interview here.


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Pohaku’s  non-profit group is Kanalu K38 and he also teams up with Duane DeSoto’s Na Kama Kai. Na Kama Kai is having their next FREE clinic at Kaiser’s Waikiki on August 9, 2009 so contact them to RSVP if you’re interested.  Pohaku has been actively promoting the group to Hawaii teenagers, teaching the cultural and traditional side of shaping and using the boards. Check out Pohaku’s other traditional Hawaiian board designs and cultural info at Hawaiian Boarding Company.

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5 Responses to “Tom “Pohaku” Stone’s Wooden “Kiko’o” Board-video”


  1. Gary 1Gary

    Video is “private”?

  2.  2admin

    Gary, sorry about that. Video is fixed now.

  3. Steve de Brun 3Steve de Brun

    Great video, Tom seems like a really authentic, warm guy. Can you add a blog post abotu his paddle after it happens? Would be great to hear/see how it went. Aloha.

  4. Evan Leong 4evan

    Steve – We’ll do our best. I just got back from the Molokai race finish and didn’t see him there but there were a lot of people and I left around 3 pm.

  5. pake ah mow 5pake ah mow

    the paddle across the with Tom has definitely been on the top of my all time list of journeys and adventures with him and look forward to many more’

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