Hamilton’s Kauai Balsas

Twelve-year-old balsa trees, planted on Kauai, are already 80 feet tall.

Be on the lookout next year for limited-edition balsawood surfboards created by legendary surfer/shaper Billy Hamilton – from trees he’s grown on his own land in Kilauea on Kauai.

“The seeds for three trees were planted here 12 years ago,” Bill says. “Two were recently cut at a height of 80 feet. These trees will most likely be the first of their kind grown in Hawaii to used for surfboards.”

Mr. Hamilton plans to use his family crest from Scotland, which depicts a tree and a cross saw surrounded by a belt, with words THROUGH HAMILTON. The Hamilton clan descended from a tribe whose specialty was cutting trees, and the call ‘Through!’ was the ‘Timber!’ of its day. For further information, email {encode=”brhamilton@hawaiilink.net” title=”brhamilton@hawaiilink.net”}.

Words: DK

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