Agave Wood Fishtail
Manukai (wood) Handboards are crafted at Mahi’ai Creative Studio on the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island of Hawai’i. Keith gathers and drys the wood for over two years, before milling and, glassing for maximum durability and flotation. Sally sews the straps from old wetsuits. There may be slight flaws or variations in our boards due to nature of using upcycled & foraged materials, however each board is crafted carefully. If you treat your board well, it will last you for years to come.
Keith Tallett is a second-generation shaper who learned the skill of crafting surfboards from his dad. He makes contemporary fiberglass surfboards and handboards, as well as traditional and experimental wooden boards out of scrap plywood and foraged & fallen hawaiian wood (wiliwili, mango, agave, koa).
Keith shapes, paints and glasses the boards at his workshop & studio on the Big Island of Hawaii, and his wife Sally takes care of photography & marketing, sewing straps & boardbags, and customer service.
As a company and as a family, they are committed to the preservation of cultural roots, to caring for our environment, and to expressing gratitude and aloha. They strive to reflect this commitment in all that is produced through their studio, and in the relationships nurtured as a company (advocates and community partners). Through otheir new line of Manukai Handboards, they have found a way to contribute to a more sustainable surf industry.
Manukai is located at Keolamauloa Farm, on the Big Island of Hawaii.