Raised on the beaches of Makaha, she fell in love with
surfing at age 4. Auntie Rell, as she was best known,
exemplified the aloha spirit wherever she went. An all
around water person, she was a lifeguard, an avid diver,
a canoe paddler, helped establish women's professional
surfing and was herself a premier surfer.
twice finished in the Women's IPS top 3, the top 8 seven
battling breast cancer for nearly 15 years, she finally
succumbed in 1998. Her memorial service was attended
by hundreds of mourners at her beloved Makaha.