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By Eric Heinz

On Saturday, May 28, the Hawaiian Surf Club San Onofre hosted its 26th annual Polynesian Festival and Luau Feast.

Various performances took place that are part of the Hawaiian and Polynesian cultures.

The luau is the club’s main fundraiser.

Earlier that day, a bazaar-like gathering of vendors and chefs were on the front lawns of the San Clemente Community Center with Hawaiian fare.

Kalani Akui, one of the club’s founding members, emceed the luau.

“I started the club in honor of Raymond Patterson, and he wanted to teach the surfers up here the Hawaiian culture,” Akui said.

Patterson died in 1988, so Akui decided to carry on the legacy of spreading the knowledge of Hawaiian culture.

Every other month the club meets at San Onofre State Beach where they cook traditional Hawaiian food, listen to the culture’s music, dance and enjoy other activities.

“It’s not only about surfing but it’s mainly the culture as well,” Akui said.

The club also helps sponsor events to the Surfing Heritage And Cultural Center.

During the ceremonies, Paul Strauch was given the annual Lifetime Achievement Award in Surfing.

For more information, visit www.hawaiiansurfclub.org.

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