Rell Sunn Aloha Jam

Hundreds gather to honor Rell Sunn’s legacy

November 29, 2009 was a night about Rell Sunn. Hawaii’s first woman pro surfer and lifeguard, surfing’s female counterpart to Duke Kahanamoku is best known as "The Queen of Makaha" and that evening, over {{{600}}} guests gathered at Waimea Valley to raise funds for a bronze statue of Rell on Oahu to perpetuate her royal legacy. In return, they enjoyed musical performances by Cyril Pahinui, Henry Kapono, Kaukahi, Rob Machado, Jake Shimabukoro and Paula Fuga — even a “chicken-skin moment” when Jan Sunn-Carreira and husband/birthday boy Tony joined all the musicians on stage for the jam. Meanwhile, pros such as Sunny Garcia, Andy Irons, Joel Parkinson, Megan Abubo, Dustin Barca, Fred Patacchia, Pancho Sullivan, Coco Ho, Joel Centeio, Carissa Moore and others donated boards, even a signed Red Bull team blade for a silent auction that took in over ${{{5000}}}.00 alone. Fred Patacchia helped the cause even more by being the high bidder on a special Pat Rawson/ Clark Little, fish/photo board at ${{{4000}}}.00. Thanks to Billabong, Quiksilver, Barefoot Wine, {{{Smart}}} Water, Longboard Lager and the Triple Crown all provided the sponsorship for this event. Also thanks to everyone who helped out and attended to remember Rell. For those who missed it and want to honor the Queen of Makaha with a donation, please go to

Kekoa Bacalso and Joel Centeio

Barca and Ikaika

Cyril Pahinui

Da Boys and Girls

Dwayne Desoto

Evan Slater and Brock Little

Freddy P and Benji

Mark Healy

Henry Kapono



Keiko and Benji

Rob Machado

Marty Thomas

Paula Fuga

Peter Cole

Rell Sunn Jam

Jake Shimabukuro

Sunn Family

Board display

Team Volcom

Sunny, Makua, and Kala

More of the boys and girls of Hawaii

TJ Barron

Tony and Jan Sunn-Carreira

Sunny Garcia