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Guest Blogger: Rocky Canon (Pro Surfer, Turtle Bay Surf Instructor, Pulu’s Best Friend)
Pulu (born in December 1999) was a Pit-Lab mix who loved his master and loved the ocean. As a pup, he would follow me out surfing to the breaking waves! Crazy loyal. I would have to paddle back to the beach and tie him to a rock or a tree.
He had an older brother, Opio(born in Oct. 1997), an Aussie cattle dog, Border Collie mix that would stay by my towel and did not need a leash to do so. Pulu couldn’t help himself, so for the first several months he had to be tied up next to Opio.
Since 2009, Turtle Bay has focused on sustainability and green practices. We know our actions today will help shape the future of the North Shore.
We are proud to announce we were recently Benchmarked for STOKE Certification by the Center for Surf Research and STOKE Surf. STOKE (Sustainable Tourism Operators Kit for Evaluation) Surf is the world’s first sustainability certification program to cater specifically to the surf tourism industry. STOKE Surf evaluates surf tourism operators based on 150 metrics adapted from the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria as well as best practice sustainability standards in the surf tourism industry.
Turtle Bay continues to strive towards improvement. We continue to work towards our sustainability goal, including a current green roof project and installation of a photovoltaic system.
If you’ve ever visited Oahu’s North Shore and spent some time in Hale’iwa, then I ask you close your eyes for a moment and bring your favorite image to mind. If you’re like me, it might be the view from Puaena Point, looking left across teal ocean tones to the small boat harbor, then scanning to your right across the flanking range of the Waianae mountains to where they melt into the sunset at Ka’ena Point. It’s a vision that always makes me feel happy and fortunate to live here. It never gets old. And that’s why I’m voting for Hale’iwa as America’s Happiest Seaside Town in 2014. If Hale’iwa makes you happy, then I hope you’ll VOTE too.
If you’ve golfed Turtle Bay’s Palmer Course, then we’re sure you have seen Mr. Al Flamingo. He’s the man flashing his pearly whites, waving a shaka and exclaiming, “Boom!”
A tag on his shirt says “Al” but the man has several different names. There’s Pro, Golf, Al Flamingo and Elvis to name a few. He’ll happily tell you how he got each one too. But I’ll stick with Pro, since it tells the story about how he fell in love with golf.
His love for golf brought him to Turtle Bay about 6 years ago, but his love for the sport began years before that thanks to his spirited attitude.
Flash back to 1970. He was a studying to be a firefighter in class and couldn’t focus thanks to others guys in his class.