(Announcement: September 8, 2014)
It’s been nearly two years since the passing of our dear friend and co-founder – Donald Takayama. Although we know that none of us can ever fill DT’s footprints in the sand, we feel honored to help perpetuate Donald’s legacy for future generations to come. We here at Hawaiian Pro Designs want to uphold what Donald Takayama believed in and share his Aloha Spirit through his life’s work. We plan to keep Donald's designs traditional "Donald" as the crew spent many years perfecting the shapes/designs with him on a daily basis. Tommy Maus and Charles Kirkley continue to handle the shapes — both were trained and mentored by Donald for many years — while his long time trusted laminator Wayne Hoshizaki continues to do the finest layups found in the entire surfboard industry. Each of Donald’s trained craftsmen are “sensei” artisans in their own right and 100% committed to the HPD brand.
In short, you can expect to get the same high quality surfboards you've come to expect from Donald throughout the years.
In addition, as a family, we all want to encourage and applaude each other for the endeavors; each of us takes part in as individuals as well as family. However, because we are finding some confusion in the marketplace with family and surfboards, we feel that we must address a growing concern. Guy Takayama is a nephew of Donald. He is marketing his own line of products under his own name and is not affiliated with Surfboards by Donald Takayama or Hawaiian Pro Designs. Please note that we are working on a solution to help make both brands more differentiated and apologize in advance for any confusion.
We hope to keep Donald's spirit alive with his never-ending enthusiasm for the sport we all love so much. He will forever be in our hearts and thoughts.
The Donald Takayama ohana and the crew at Hawaiian Pro Designs