Aloha, Andy Irons
While in Kauai, we were fortunate enough to witness first hand the outpouring of love and respect for the legendary surfer Andy Irons. A few days prior, Andy passed away from unknown causes. His young life was tragically cut short. His surfing prowess resulted in numerous world championships. His ability to have a positive influence on so many others was well known. In his honor, thousands of surfers participated in a paddle out at his home break of Pine Trees in Hanalei Bay. There were thousands more on the shoreline. As with any memorial, there was an air of emptiness but there was also a spirit of happiness which came out. Happiness that God graced the world with Andy despite the need to pull him into Heaven sooner than most had wanted.
Here is the huge, 25ft tall memorial of bamboo and flowers erected in Andy Irons honor by Robert Pa. The small plaque on the bottom states the following in Hawaiian:
I ka moana, ka moana hou honu; Pi’i ka lewa, ka lewa nu’u; Ke Akua pu a hui hou.
At the ocean, the deep ocean; Climb to the heavens, highest heaven; God bless you until we meet again.