Pro Surfer Ian Walsh provides space for keiki on island to compete for free and learn about sustainability


During the Lahaina fires, Maui native, Ian Walsh was one of the strong voices to take community action alongside pro surfers Kai Lenny and Zane Schweitzer, as well as visual creative, Matty Schweitzer. They utilized their social media platforms to create a call to action and set the tone of urgency in the message of community helping community. Through his nonprofit organization, Menehune Mayhem, Ian announced his Back to School Beach Bash in September 2023. This was a community event that collected donations (backpacks, technology, school supplies, surfboards, etc.) to provide to kids who were affected by the Lahaina fires. KaiAloha Supply was proud to contribute 100 reusable Maui Lab canvas bags.


Ian Walsh recording a live video on his Instagram to talk about the Menehune Mayhem event happening behind him. Nonprofit organization Boards 4 Buddies was also in attendance to supply surfboards and skateboards for the children. Various businesses also donated supplies to make this a successful event. (Photo courtesy of Ian Walsh)


Kids who attended the event also had the opportunity to learn more about the 'aina utilizing tech equipment. Menehune Mayhem events incorporate both cultural and educational lessons for attendees, as well as recreational water activities. (Photo courtesy of Ian Walsh)


School supplies such as notebooks, markers, pencils, and backpacks were only a few of the items pictured that were given to children on the day of the event. (Photo courtesy of Ian Walsh)


Menehune Mayhem was created in 2004 with local keiki in mind. When Ian was younger, most of the surf competitions hosted on island required a fee to join. His vision for Menehune Mayhem is to provide a space for all kids who want to compete in surf be able to join for free entry. Menehune Mayhem further recognizes all participants with a prize bag of surf gear, gift certificates, and other merch from local businesses. In every event, Ian and his team strive to integrate Hawaiian cultural values with their engaging and fun water activities. Over the years, Menehune Mayhem has been able to expand their reach and has implemented scholarships to high school seniors heading to college with a focus on environmental studies. 


A group photo of a family who attended Ian Walsh's Menehune Mayhem event. (Photo courtesy of Ian Walsh)


A blessing ceremony also took place that afternoon which gathered community together in gratitude and joy. (Photo courtesy of Ian Walsh)


Ian and his team are currently in the process of planning for their 20th anniversary Menehune Mayhem event happening in May 2024. Today, Ian continues his efforts and encourages local families and children to join their community events. The space provides young children the opportunity to learn more about the island, build connections, and further help shape a healthier lifestyle.