‘Legislators on the Move’ Video: Rep. Maile Shimabukuro Surfing

Maile’s first exposure to surfing was through her father, Professor James Shimabukuro, who was an avid Waikiki surfer. Later, in high school, Maile tandem surfed with legendary watermen Melvin Pu`u and Brian Keaulana. Then, while studying at UH law school from 1997-2000, Maile joined the surf club, where classmates Paul Kawai, Gordon Yang, Blake McElheny, Mark Tarone, Jason “Chen” Zhao, and others taught her how to surf.

Surfing gives Maile the perfect outlet to relieve stress and connect with nature. Maile’s advice is: “You should find something you love to do, and never give it up, no matter how busy you get.”

In a video from HMSA’s Legislators on the Move competition, Rep. Maile Shimabukuro, Rep. Cynthia Thielen, and Sen. Clayton Hee are featured. Video clips of Rep. Marcus Oshiro, Sen. Roz Baker, Rep. Lynn Finnegan, Sen. Gordon Trimble, Sen. David Ige, Rep. Blake Oshiro, and others are also included.

Maile’s segment is devoted to her surfing and the presentation of an HMSA check to Makaha Elementary School. Mahalo nui loa to Trippy Dods, Kim Click, and the rest of the HMSA gang for doing an excellent job putting this video together.

Additional photos of Maile surfing at Makaha and Kaiko`o:

Maile surfing at Makaha on her Surflight funboard. Photo by Danny Kim. Click the photo to zoom in.

Maile surfing at Kaiko`o. Photo by “T” Le. Click the photo to zoom in.