Hanalei Bay Surfing Dog

A man and his dog paddleboard in Hanalei Bay on the island of Kaua'i in Hawai'i.

A man and his dog paddleboard in Hanalei Bay on the island of Kaua’i in Hawai’i.

The surf on most of the north shore of Kaua’i was rough when my husband and I visited there in late February and early March 2014, but the waves on the north shore’s Hanalei Bay were not as wild as the rest of the coast.  I’m no expert, but Hanalei Bay seems a good place to surf.  It’s shallow, there’s a great pier and a nice beach with lots of parking. Plenty of people of all ages were surfing and paddleboarding, including this man and his dog.

While a crowd of us on the pier watched the action, I heard someone say that this man has a website.  I didn’t catch the name, and I couldn’t find any information when I searched online for Hanalei “surfing dog” and “paddleboard dog.”  Maybe someone can help me and link the website in the comments? (Check the comments for updated information on Keoni Durant, the Kauai Carver, and Milo the Surfing Pomeranian.)

A man and his dog paddleboard in Hanalei Bay on the island of Kaua'i in Hawai'i.

A man and his dog paddleboard in Hanalei Bay on the island of Kaua’i in Hawai’i.

Several major films were shot at Hanalei Bay including: academy award winner “The Descendents” along with “Soul Surfer,” “South Pacific,” “Miss Sadie Hawkins,” “Pagan Love Song” and “Honeymoon in Vegas.”

Other north shore of Kauai film locations include Limahuli Gardens in Hanalei, featured in “Jurassic Park,” and Honopu and Kalalau Beach on the Na Pali Coast, featured in “King Kong” and “Pirates.”

Hanalei Bay Featured in Movie Locations


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8 responses to “Hanalei Bay Surfing Dog

  1. Lynn

    I sure wish you had gotten his website. It would be interesting to know the history of this. I wonder what caused him to try taking his dog with him in the first place?


  2. Catherine, you’ve just gotta love a surfin’ dog. Here on St. Simons Island I’ve seen two scramble onto a guy’s paddle board. It seems that getting on is the biggest challenge, so he gave them a little help. But after that they were good to go – tails wagging! it looks like you’re having a great trip! ~Terri


  3. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    THERE YA GO!!!!


    • Jody Ferguson

      I just met them today in Kauai by the pier. The mans name is Keoni Durant and he runs a business called Kauai Carver PO Box 1062 Hanalei hi 96714 He not only is a great at surfing and paddledboading but he makes gorgeous Hawaiian sculpture from wood and makes jewelry. I got to hold his dog for about a hour to get my Pomeranian fix cause I was missing mine who is now his girlfriend Keoni is an awesome person to spread the Hawaiian spirit to others and I’m thankful for his thoughts Jody Ferguson


  4. Aloha, my name is Heather Shadur, and my boyfriend, Keoni Durant, is the person you filmed surfing with our dog Milo, “The hawaiian surfing Pomeranian.” Keoni is Kanaka Maoli, descendent of the original settlers and high chiefs from thousands of years ago, and known for his traditional Hawaiian sculpture and award winning jewelry. If you want to include a link to our website I’m sure he’d appreciate that! http://www.kauaicarverstore.com. We also have two Facebook pages for people who appreciate the Hawaiian culture–one under Kauai Carver and the other under Milo The Hawaiian Surfing Pomeranian. Aloha!

    Much Aloha to you!


    • Thank you, Heather. I’ve updated the post to direct readers to your comment with all of your information. I’ve also liked “Kauai Carver” and “Milo The Hawaiian Surfing Pomeranian on Facebook.”


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