Kauai Remembers Andy Irons

Photos by Jeff Flindt

The Pine Trees lot was home to a celebration of life for Andy Irons, but not the one we saw on TV. Not the one that made front pages around Hawaii and drew 10,000 well-wishers -- what Andy’s dad, Phil, said was 10 times what they’d expected. The remembrances, the support, the talking story had all begun days ahead of time as local and international friends descended upon Kauai’s northern shore in anticipation of Sunday’s ceremony. Beds, couches and floors held no vacancies as Oahu’s North Shore practically relocated to Hanalei overnight. SURFING’s Jeff Flindt flew over to capture some of the love and emotion for Hawaii’s fallen son.