Kapolioka'ehukai (Heart of the Sea) Outrigger Canoe Club - San Diego, CA

Rell Sunn

It is rare that kane (men), wahine (women) and keiki (kids) can all share a role model and inspiration to live better lives. To the members of Kapolioka'ehukai, Aunty Rell is such a person.

(The following provided to us courtesy of www.RellSunn.com)

Often referred to as the "Queen of Makaha," Rell was the quintessential water-woman, excelling at all watersports, including surfing, bodysurfing, spearfishing, and open-water outrigger canoeing. In the early 70's, Rell was instrumental in establishing the Women's Professional Surfing Association and founding the women's pro surfing tour in which she twice finished third in the year end rankings. Despite all of her accomplishments, Rell Sunn remained a completely humble and unselfish person, and might easily have been called the "Queen of Aloha" for the spirit she carried with her, and the enthusiasm she devoted to every aspect of her life.

Courtesy of Rell Sunn Educational Fund - www.RellSunn.com Molokai Women's Crew 10/84 - Na Keiki O Ka Mo'i