Tickets for Kealia Surf Festival lu‘au still available

Tickets to the Kealia Surf Festival Awards Celebration Lu‘au can still be purchased when gates to the event opens at 5 p.m. at the site of the Kealia Marketplace located across the highway from Kealia Beach.

The lu‘au will be the wrap-up of the two day “Take The Challenge” Kealia Surf Festival 2012 which opened Saturday at Kealia Beach with sporadic breaks.

Surfers in the Keiki and men divisions were tested as they were limited to sometimes just one wave in the 15-minute heats, the surfers having to milk each wave for the best it had to offer.

“You just had to be in the right place,” one surfer who finished his heat said.

Sunday’s action starts at 8 a.m. with the women’s preliminaries followed by finals in all divisions, the overall Longboard winner going on to compete in the Rabbit Kekai Classic.

“We need to finish by 2 p.m. because the lu‘au starts at 5 p.m.,” an official said.

Residents and visitors are welcome to enjoy the lu‘au at $50 at the gate.

Titus Kinimaka, working one of the waves in the Short Board Men 35 and Over division Saturday, will be joined by the Kaua‘i Boys, Frankie Mamalas and The Boys, Na Hula O Kaohikukapulani, The Papa‘a Bay Boys and the SI-Ladies and Twenty 20 are on the entertainment lineup.

The Kealia Surf Festival is sponsored by Town & Country, Reyn Spooner, Surf One, Kaua‘i Athletic Club, Recessions Diaz Santa Maria Style BBQ, A‘ole Ino, Ainofea Hoe Nalu, Steven Valiere, Grateful Gecko, Rebekah Reid Clinic, Adrenaline HI and Two Guys in Hawaiian Shirts.

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