Stories of Rell Sunn:
Queen of Makaha
Product Number: 3231
Author: Greg Ambrose
Page Count: 176
Type Cover: "8 x 8, Flexibind"
Case Counts: 32
About this title:
"This collection of intimate and emotional reflections about legendary water woman Rell Sunn is truly inspirational. SunnĂs renowned skills as a lifeguard, diver, spearfisher, and bodysurfer and her role in pioneering the world of womenĂs surfing has touched people both in Hawaii and internationally. At the heart of Rell Sunn was her spirited enthusiasm and passion for life, but it was her extension of aloha that really, truly made an impact on everyone she met.
This book includes stories from such renown water sport enthusiasts as Rabbit Kekai, Fred Hemmings, Bonga Perkins, Kathy Terada, Sunny Garcia, Jeannie Chesser, Mark Cunningham, Kalani Robb and many others."
About this author:
"Greg Ambrose has been a former editor and writer at the San Francisco Chronicle and was the ocean reporter and editor for the Star Bulletin in Honolulu. He is currently a freelance writer and is the featured contributor to the Discovery ChannelĂs prized show, Shark Week. Greg is a Kapalapala KoĂopela Book Award winner as well as a recipient of the Kilohana Award of Excellence for previous books he has written. His works include Shark Bites and SurferĂs Guide to Hawaii, both published by Bess Press."
""I was fortunate enough to meet Aunty Rell and she invited me to her Menehune Contest at Makaha when I was just a little girl. She was the sweetest lady; I really looked up to her. This book is an amazing compilation of classic Rell stories and photos that will make you laugh, make you cry, but most of all make you want to live Aloha like Aunty Rell.""¨Keala Kennelly, ""Queen of Chopes"" (Pro Surfer)
""There are few people in Hawaii whose life becomes the stuff of legend. Rell Sunn, a women's surfing pioneer from Makaha, is one of those transcendent souls.... Her legacy lives on in this much-recommended book.""¨Hawaii Magazine
""The Rell Sunn book is simple and intimate just like Aunty Rell. The stories are meaningful and organized in a way that places the reader in her world.""¨Duane DeSoto, 2010 ASP World Longboard Champion
""This book expresses all that Rell cherished in her life and shared with people.ßAunty Rell is very special to me.ßShe influenced my respecting the ocean, giving back to the keiki, and sharing the aloha with people here in the community and abroad. Her passionate spirit touched so many people whether it was a short time knowing her or a dear friend as Jeannie Chesser became when they first met. It brought tears to my eyes reading about how simple life is when your friendship is always surrounded by the sea and passion. No matter the situation of life or death, Aunty Rell always made the most of whatever life gave her and would share that experience with people.""¨Rochelle Ballard, Pro Surfer
""Rell was my best friend for 27 years. But after reading Greg's book, I can see that many others considered her their best friend as well. She was oozing aloha and always brought out the best in everyone she met. I know Rell would be stoked to see how she touched and influenced so many people's lives. I laughed, I cried...Greg's book makes me miss her even more.""¨Jeannie Chesser, Pro Surfer
""Greg's book brings back such warm, fond memories of a time not so long ago, yet in a way, feels like ages ago. The book reads as though you are at a party and you're hearing friends and family reminisce and talk story about a dear, beloved friend. Rell's style in and out ßof the water was absolutely loved and admired by all who knew her. She was such a sweet, unique class act. She was a real gem....We can all learn from Greg Ambrose's wonderful collection of anecdotes on Aunty Rell.""¨Mark Cunningham, Veteran Waterman
""Reading these stories, you really get a sense this compilation best represents the true soul of who Rell was¨a person of fierce determination who not only lived up to her potential in life, but pushed and inspired everyone around her to do the same.ß She is truly one of the most prolific figures ever to come out of Hawaii, and Stories of Rell Sunn does her legacy justice because it displays how Rell touched so many people in her life and the inspirational example she set for everyone, especially the youth in Hawaii."" READ THE FULL REVIEW FROM HAWAII BOOK BLOG HERE.
""For those people who knew her and spent much time with her, Ambrose's book will be an affirmation of her life.""¨Reilly Ridgell, Star-Advertiser. READ THE FULL REVIEW IN THE STAR ADVERTISER HERE.
""Rell Kapolioka'ehukai Sunn, Hawai'i's queen of surfing ¨ and many a surfer's heart ¨ is riding another wave of admiration, thanks to a recently published book of photos and anecdotes celebrating the multitalented, multiethnic island icon who died in 1998, at just 47 years old."" READ THE FULL REVIEW IN THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE HERE.
""Greg's book pulls no punches. This collection of deeply personal insights into Auntie Rell and the miracle of her not-to-be denied exuberance with living.... One of the most moving realisations that arise from going through Greg's collection of stories about Auntie Rell is that one of her greatest assets was her lifelong connection to the child within, that endless fascination with and curiosity about everything that characterises the child-like state of grace most of us sadly leave in our distant past.""¨Amazon Reviews
""Rell personified all that is good about Hawaii and this book expresses that in part. Heartfelt and personal, the stories and remembrances shared are well worth the cost of publication and provide a much great enrichment and value to the reader.""¨Amazon Reviews"