Buttons passed on today. We wish our deep condolences to his large ohana and global circle of friends.
He was a fast-moving, often inspirational cat with a hugely infectious smile, style and radical disposition.
“Loose, jiving regularfoot surfer from Waikiki, Hawaii,” is how the Encyclopedia of Surfing describes him. Here’s a little more: “winner of the 1979 Sunkist Pro at Malibu, and one of the sport’s most naturally gifted riders. He was born Montgomery Ernest Thomas Kaluhiokalani (1958) in Honolulu, the son of an army serviceman, and raised on Oahu’s North Shore. At age five he moved with his two brothers and bartender mother to Waikiki; his grandmother said his black curly hair looked like buttons sewn to his head, and gave Montgomery his nickname.” Read the full EOS entry for Buttons here.