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Buffalo Keaulana

Buffalo Keaulana

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The patriarch of “Makaha’s first family,” Buffalo Keaulana’s enduring legacy of Aloha has touched generations of ocean lovers and surfers worldwide. A friend and fellow beach boy of Duke Kahanamoku, Buffalo's contributions to the sport and Hawaiian cultural restoration are everlasting. His unique nickname derives from his constant connection and companionship to the water, just like a buffalo in the taro patch. Acting as Makaha's first lifeguard, Buffalo was not only essential in protecting swimmers but as a father figure to many of Hawaii's troubled youth. In 1976, Buffalo was on the first Hōkūleʻa voyage to Tahiti, acting as its steersman.

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