Waimea Collab with Ebert Surfboards

Lance Ebert is a Kauai based custom surfboard shaper from Santa Cruz CA. He shapes, paints, glasses and sands by hand in the town of Waimea, Kauai. He once was the primary glasser for Mike Wellman, becoming well versed in technical resin and color work. Lance is recognized for his version of the “mini simmons”, such as the "PO" and "THE RED STRIPE" that was featured in the 2011 surf film IDIOSYNCRASIES. His boards are now ridden around the world in places like Japan and Iceland.

Who better to do a collaboration with then Lance Ebert. These are the photos of Lance and some of the AX staff on location in his personal shaping bay in Waimea.

Quick pit stop after the shaping room to Ishihara Market for some fresh poke & choke grinds

He Learned To Love Well

This past month we had the pleasure of collaborating with Pow Wow Hawaii artist Kapache1 (Kaplan Bunce) on the mural he dedicated to the Riley family for their youngest son Lucas Makana Riley. Lucas recently passed away in California after being hit by a drunk driver. He was an amazing person- young, talented, compassionate, and open. Those who were close to him would say, “ He learned to love well”.

The design Kapache1 dedicated for this mural has colors and shapes synonymous with his Apache ancestry. The darker green diamonds on the top and bottom symbolize the foundation and strength of Lucas’s father, Mark. The pink is for the femininity and love of his mother Tami. The orange boomerang-like shapes symbolize family. The purple is the color of Kauai, and the six black triangles are for his connection with his home, Hawaii. The dark grey (building color) is to signify Aloha Exchange and its representation of our community. The light blue throughout is the Apache color of protection. And the overall cross shape of the design symbolizes Lucas’s faith.

Proceeds from the shirt will be going to help support the Riley family.

Mahalo to Kaplan for blessing our building, the Riley family, and our community with your amazing talent. (skillz) 

Posted on November 4, 2016 .

Oktober Fest Event & Sale!

Come hang out with us this weekend for our 1st Oktober fest at the shop! We will be having a huge end of summer sale along with our standard event rundown. Live music, food trucks, beer tastings and shop vibes. Hope to see you there, event info below. 

BALI Captured on Film

Bali is one of those special places that never gets old. You can't beat the friendly people, cheap food, beautiful scenery and world class waves. This trip we set out for a few stops to your typical bali favorites including, Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu, Uluwatu, Ubud and a quick island hop to Gili Island. Shot on a film camera for something different, we set out to document parts of the trip. Here is a glimpse of the time we spent in this awesome country. 

Photos By: Bryce & Ashley

Aloha Exchange Turns 3

We had an awesome time hanging out with you all at our 3rd anniversary party for the shop! The night was filled with people from all over the island to enjoy local food trucks, live music, and good times. As tradition, we ended the night by raffling off the grand prize of a surfboard, which this year was a  Hayden Shape! Such a fun event and we want to say a huge thank you again for another amazing year and we are so thankful for all your support. Till next time, ALOHA!

Excited to have a new food vendor this year, Persian cuisine by Harmonious Roots

Always a local favorite, The fresh shave! Yummy home made syrups and fresh fruit.

Shop Vibes

Pierre serving up Kauai Beer Co. on tap

Big mahalo's to all of our awesome sponsors for the raffle this year! We had some amazing prizes from the brands: Patagonia, Vissla, Amuse Society, Captain Fin, Famous Surf, Poler Stuff, Eno Hammocks, Grand Trunk Goods, Slowtide, Otis Eyewear, Raen, D’Blanc, and Vertra.

The grand finale: Raffling off this Hayden Shape!

And the winner is.....Marlo!!! I think he's just a little bit stoked. 

Owners of Aloha Exchange, Jamie Dillberg and Sparki Metzger....ALOHAS!