Hulakai is founded by Jun..a local waterman who was born and raised in Hawaii. His original Hawaiian designs are proven and tested in Hawaiian waters regularly by him and the Hulakai crew.

His vast water knowledge stems from decades of surfing, paddling, sailing, canoe surfing, sup, and running water safety patrol. If he’s not in the line up, or shaping his newest model, you can catch him giving lessons on SUP of the proper paddling technique at the Mauna Lani Beach Hotel.

We’re dedicated to sharing our passion for the water to as many people as possible through our demonstrations, lessons, and products. Whether you’re a seasoned pro, or a beginner, we have what you need to allow you to hit the beach with confidence!

Hulakai Construction:

All boards are constructed of EPS closed cell foam which is hand shaped and hand-layed finish with either standard epoxy or our upgraded Bullipoxy which is a clear lightweight epoxy. Foam is 2lb and standard glass job is a double 6 on the deck and single 6 on the bottom.

We have chosen to stay away from molding the boards and gone with hand shaped and hand laid epoxy. The reason for this is in our research and development. Our boards provide memory and flex like of a traditional style surfboard which gives the board a natural feel while paddling and surfing (especially in choppy water).

With a molded board there is no memory or flex and it leaves the board very rigid, and too buoyant. On land lightness of a board is nice however in the water weight and flex are what makes the board come to life. This is known by all surfers and experienced waterman.

Care and Repair:

We recommend to protect your board you treat it like that of a surfboard. It is a epoxy but it is not bullet proof and for longevity of the board a few simple steps are recommended.

  1. Don’t store your board in direct sunlight. Even in the bag temperatures inside nearly double.
  2. After use rinse off with fresh water and let board air dry and put in a nice protected area.
  3. Never store your board bottom down. The deck pad provides great cushion so use that as a area to set on a hard surface.
  4. Rail guards or paddle guards offer great protection from repetitive hits.
  5. When securing board with straps fit so its just snug don’t pull with heavy force this will create pressures on your board.
  6. Repair all dings that allow water to seep into board. The foam is closed cell but prolonged exposure to water will add weight and discoloration to your board.

Maintenance:

Polishing the board will restore gloss and remove scuffs along with water spots and add a nice extra glide to your paddle.