RIP: Hawaii’s George Downing

by The Editors on March 6, 2018

Surfing legend, environmentalist, and leading surfing ambassador George Downing has died on March 5, 2018 at his home in East Oahu, according to story on Hawaii News Now. He was 87.

Born and raised on the island of Oahu, Downing was one of the last of the old-time Waikiki beach boys mentored by Duke Kahanamoku. . . He later became a mentor himself to generations of watermen and fought to protect coastlines from erosion and development.

Downing is survived by his sons Keone and Kainoa, daughter Kaiulu, grandchildren Kaohi, Kirra, Kainoa, Keola and Nalei, and two great-grandsons. His wife Gildea Lauwe Downing died before him. Our thoughts are with Downing’s family and friends.

[Link: Hawaii News Now]


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