(HawaiiNewsNow) - To all you ocean lovers, aloha! We introduce a native Hawaiian surfer riding his way thru the new generation.
Auhea ʻoukou e nâ kânaka aloha i ka nohona kai, aloha nui kâkou. Eia mai kekahi o ka heʻenalu ʻôiwi Hawaiʻi e pae ana i ia nalu a ia nalu hou aku i kçia mua aku.
"Being in the water and surfing out there, it's just, there isn't anything else like it. It's just beautiful," says Lau.
ʻAʻohe lua e like ai.
At 17, Ezekiel Lau is ranked 32nd of the top 100 young surfers in the world.
Ma ka pihana makahiki he 'umikûmâhiku wale nô, ʻo ko Hawaiʻi Ezekiel Lau nei ka helu kanakolukûmâlua o nâ mea heʻenalu ʻôpio keu a ka 'oi he hoʻokahi haneli a puni ka honua.
"For some reason, he had just a gift, you know, for the ocean and this sport," says Leonard Lau, Ezekiel's Father.
Maʻa wale ʻo ia i ke kai me ka heʻenalu.
"If I could groom any kid to be the next big thing out of Hawaiʻi, I would just take all the pages out of the Ezekiel Lau handbook," said Daniel Ikaika Ito, Coach, Kamehameha Surf Team.
He kumu hoʻohâlike kona ʻano heʻenalu.
"He sets an example for the kids that none of the coaches can really do because how progressive his style of surfing is," said Ikaika.
Hoʻopili nâ haumâna i kona kaila heʻenalu ma ke ʻano he kumu hoʻohâlikelike.
On top of representing his team, Ezekiel represents Hawaiʻi.
Kû ʻelele ikaika ana nô ʻo ia no kona kime, akâ ʻaʻole pau ma laila ʻoiai kû ʻelele ana no nâ kona lâhui kekahi.
"I think the biggest part about Zeke is, is he loves being Hawaiian," said Keola Nakaahiki-Rapozo, FITTED HI.
Haʻaheo ʻo ia i kona ʻano Hawaiʻi.
Ezekiel's Hawaiian pride caught the attention of a sponsor, FITTED HI.
A ma muli o ko Ezekiel haʻaheo nui ona i kona ʻaoʻao Hawaiʻi i ʻume ʻia mai ai kekahi o kona poʻe kâkoʻo nui, ʻo ia hoʻi ko FITTED HI.
"He's a good steward of our brand because we represent this lifestyle that we live in Hawaiʻi. He lives the same lifestyle, " said Rapozo.
Launa ko kâkou kuanaʻike no ka pono e hâpai ʻia ke ʻano o ka Hawaiʻi.
Surfing is what connects Ezekiel to this Hawaiian lifestyle, since surfing was the sport of Hawaiians long before it was a worldwide hit.
A ʻo ka heʻenalu ka mea e hoʻopili ana iâ Ezekiel i kçia nohona Hawaiʻi. Ma mua o ka laha o ka heʻenalu a puni ka honua, na ko kâkou mau kûpuna a aliʻi hoʻi kçia haʻuki a hana hoʻonanea kuʻuna, a he mea koʻikoʻi a waiwai kçia iâ Ezekiel.
He's accomplished a lot, but continues to work hard to achieve even more.
A ʻoiai ua loaʻa kona nui holomua a lankila, ʻaʻohe pau kona hoʻoikaika a hoʻomâkaukau ʻana no ko kçia mua aku.
"I've been training a lot so, I'm probably in the best shape of my life right now, so, I guess I'm ready," said Lau.
Nui koʻu hoʻomaʻamaʻa ʻana. Paʻa ke kino. A ua mâkaukau nô.
"If all goes according to plan, it seems like Ezekiel will be the one that waves the Hawaiian flag in the next decade," said Ito.
Inâ holo pono, e welo mau ana ia hae Hawaiʻi iâ Ezekiel i kçia mua koke iho.
We'll be watching for you Zeke! For all the "11 to watch in 2011", visit ʻÔiwiTV, digital channel 326, or oiwi.tv.