Andy Irons, Hanalei KauaiLots of happenings on Kauai next month, but one that’s near and dear to my heart is a tribute: “Remembering Andy,” Jan. 7-9 at the Amy Laurens Gallery in Hanalei.

Andy Irons, a three-time world surfing champion, was a Hanalei boy through and through—a great friend and an amazing guy who died much too soon. Local artists who surf—including Mark Daniells, Pierre Bouret, and Saim Caglayan—will celebrate Andy’s life through their paintings, with 90% of the proceeds donated to his family.

“Surfing,” Andy once said, “is the closest thing you can feel to being kissed by God.”

Aloha ‘oe, Andy. We will always miss you.

Click here to see what’s happening on Kauai in January.