Buttons Kaluhiokalani Tribute & Fundraiser

On November 2, 2013 we were mourning the passing of a dear friend and one of Hawaii's Surfing Legends Buttons Kaluhiokalani due to complications related to cancer. As one of the greatest performance innovators surfing has ever known, Buttons is remembered for revolutionizing modern shortboarding with his radical maneuvers in the 70's. His surfing inspired a generation: he will be greatly missed by the surfing world. ~ I will always remember him for his kindness and his compassion: a great man, with a great smile and a heart of gold,  a great performer and also a family man. He is survived by his wife, eight children and nine grandchildren.
Inspired by the iconic image that Jeff Divine took of Buttons in the 70's at Velzyland (on the NorthShore of Oahu), as well as a series of contemporary shots of Buttons by Lisa Scott Owen, I wanted to create something unique and authentic. Both photographs captured the heart and soul of Buttons, beautiful and iconic.
Buttons liked my artwork and the series of text/image compositions I created with Dan Merkel's beautiful shot of Eddie Aikau. I told him that I would work on a sequence of his life one day. Now, as a tribute to a friend that passed away unexpected, and with fully support of Jeff Divine and Lisa Scott Owen, I worked very hard to combine both of these iconic photographs in one of my poetic text/image compositions and I absolutely love what I created. It is a tribute to a great man, and a gift to my friend Hiriata, Buttons common wife. I hope many people will cherish this piece of artwork and it will remind them of this simple man, who's heart was full of aloha, a man that had a beautiful smile for anybody, anytime. I miss him dearly. Aloha: ha’o mākou.         Harald-M. Lehnardt, Nov. 2013, Sunset Beach, Oahu 

Lisa Scott Owen web-link
Jeff Divine web-link
 

•  iPhone Case (5+5s) • $48 (incl.shipping)
100% of the proceeds will go directly to Buttons wife Hiriata and their kids.

© 2013 by Harald-M. Lehnardt / Jeff Divine / Lisa Scott Owen

• Samsung Galaxy 4 Case $48 (incl.shipping)
100% of the proceeds will go directly to Buttons wife Hiriata and their kids.

© 2013 by Harald-M. Lehnardt / Jeff Divine / Lisa Scott Owen

•  08" x 10” High Gloss Print on Aluminum Plate (with Wall Mount)$68
100% of the proceeds will go directly to Buttons wife Hiriata and their kids.

© 2013 by Harald-M. Lehnardt / Jeff Divine / Lisa Scott Owen 

•  16” x 20" Image Wrap (Matte Laminated Metallic Print on Mounting Block) • $299
100% of the proceeds will go directly t• o Buttons wife Hiriata and their kids.

© 2013 by Harald-M. Lehnardt / Jeff Divine / Lisa Scott Owen 

•  16” x 32” Embellished Giclée Print on Stretched Canvas • $258 (incl.shipping)
100% of the proceeds will go directly to Buttons wife Hiriata and their kids.

© 2013 by Harald-M. Lehnardt / Jeff Divine / Lisa Scott Owen

•  Set of 5 Pearlized Note Cards with Envelope • $38 (incl.shipping)
100% of the proceeds will go directly to Buttons wife Hiriata and their kids.

© 2013 by Harald-M. Lehnardt / Jeff Divine / Lisa Scott Owen

•  Throw Pillow Cover • $75 (incl.shipping)
100% of the proceeds will go directly to Buttons wife Hiriata and their kids.
© 2013 by Harald-M. Lehnardt / Jeff Divine / Lisa Scott Owen