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Keaulana, Richard "Buffalo"


Commanding Hawaiian surfer from Makaha, Oahu; winner of the 1960 Makaha International, and often referred to as the "Mayor of Makaha." Keaulana was born (1935) in Honolulu, and moved with his family to Makaha, on Oahu's west side, at age five. He learned to surf as a child at Waikiki, and made his first board by taking a machete to a blank assembled from glued-together railroad ties.

Keaulana worked as a Waikiki beachboy in the '50s and earned the nickname "Buffalo" for his generously propor...