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John Kelly environmental awards return to O'ahu



Environment Updates

Surfrider Foundation's O'ahu chapter celebrates 11th annual awards

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 12 November, 2013 - Honolulu, O‘ahu - On Saturday, November 16th, the Surfrider Foundation’s O‘ahu Chapter will present their 11th Annual John Kelly Environmental Achievement Awards at the beautiful grounds of Waimea Valley.

The 11th annual awards dinner, as in previous years, celebrates John Kelly, the legendary waterman and environmental leader who started Save Our Surf (SOS) and fought to protect Hawai‘i’s coastlines from overdevelopment.

Kelly and SOS helped to save over 140 surf sites on O‘ahu and around the state of Hawai‘i, while also stopping many destructive developments. Through this event, Kelly will be remembered and honored by the Surfrider Foundation.

This year's awardees have done inspiring work to bring about positive changes in their communities while also protecting our marine environment. The John Kelly Environmental Achievement Awards recognize those who have made the greatest contributions towards protecting or enhancing our coastal community and environment, following in Kelly’s footsteps. Below are this years winners along with the list of past winners:

Professor Denise Antolini of University of Hawai‘i’s William S. Richardson School of Law will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Law, and Regents’ Medalist for Excellence in Teaching are among just a few of Professor Antolini’s many titles.

She serves on many influential boards and committees and has authored several publications on Hawai‘i’s waterways. She is being honored for her recent and ongoing research as well as her dedication to environmental law and conduct concerning local and international coastlines.

Black Cat Salons will be awarded the Hawai‘i-Based Company Award. From their environmentally friendly product line, Aveda, to their efforts to reduce waste and reuse building materials at their new location, Black Cat Salon strives to be environmentally conscious in all aspects of their operations.

In addition to their green practices in the salon, they also participate in local beach clean ups and Aveda’s Annual Earth Month challenge. By participating, this challenge allows the salon to engage in a number of different environmentally focused events and fundraisers.

Crystal Thornburg-Homcy will be receiving the Professional Surfer Award this year. Currently residing in Haleiwa, Hawai‘i, Crystal is an all-around ocean athlete and an ambassador for Patagonia. An accomplished longboarder, she also bodysurfs, freedives, kayaks and paddleboards.

With a degree in Environmental Science, Crystal works closely with a number of environmental nonprofits, and runs an organic produce company, Crave Greens, alongside her husband Dave Homcy.
Previous Winners:
               Lifetime Achievement       Hawai‘i-Based Company          Professional Surfer

2012       Charles Moore                     Mu‘umu‘u Heaven                       Torrey Meister
2011       Cora Sanchez                      Kona Brewing Company              Kyle Thiermann
2010       Mark Cunningham               Honolulu Weekly                          Duane DeSoto
2009       Yvon Chouinard                   Bill Braden                                   Malloy Brothers
2008       Shaun Tomson                    Styrophobia                                  Dave Rastovich
2007       Randy Rarick                       Pacific Biodiesel                          James Pribram
2006       Peter Cole                            Schnitzer Steel Hawai‘i               Pancho Sullivan
2005       Larry McElheny                   Jack Johnson/Brushfire               Rochelle Ballard
2004       George Downing                 Oceanit                                         Kelly Slater
2003       John Kelly                           PatagoniaHaleiwa                         Rob Machado

Attendees will enjoy dinner, a silent auction, and live music from Taimane Gardner as well as Cynth & The What’s His Faces. All proceeds will benefit Surfrider’s O‘ahu Chapter and their efforts to preserve our coastlines. The awards dinner will feature North Shore-inspired local tastes from Chef Thomas Naylor and libations courtesy of Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and Kona Brewing Company.

Amanda Corby

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