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Plastic Tree house, Taylor Camp, Haena, Hawaii, Lloyd Godman photograph

Our plastic Tree house, Taylor Camp, Haena, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, The tree house was the closest to the road and on the highest ground from the ocean

1974 many of the Paw Paw trees were planted by us and other residence.

In 1973 I decided to surf Hawaii with Chris Brock who was a good friend of the legendary George Greenough. George’s footage for the last 13 minutes of the movie Crystal Voyager is a knock out – Pink Floyd composed the music in exchange for the footage for a light show. After the Hawaiian experience, Chris sailed from California to Australia with George, so I was very informed about his work. George has always been a huge influence on me; he is so innovative and focused on his work.

As Ha‘ena State Park was coming into being with the break-up of the Hui Ku‘ai ‘Aina, actress Elisabeth Taylor's brother purchased a parcel of coastal land in the area. As Carlos tells it, Howard Taylor went to acquire building permits to construct a home on the property. However, the State would not grant him such a permit, since they were planning to condemn the land. At the same time, however, they insisted that he still pay full taxes on the land. In disgust, Taylor turned the land over to the "flower power people." Drifting young drop-outs from the outside world came to this piece of land and gradually came to form a makeshift community that took the name "Taylor Camp."

This is where I Iived with Chris Brock, Shelly and Fish, Robbie Giles and in Hawaian winter of 1973-4.

While in Hawaii, we lived for 9 months in a tree house constructed of clear plastic and bamboo that wound its way up three stories to the tree’s canopy. The grove of trees was on Elizabeth Taylor’s brothers land close to the beach. The developers were just building the first Condos along the beach front at Hanelei around this time. Coming from suburban Dunedin in the South of New Zealand, a place where walls and roofs were thick and insulated to keep out the cold, and windows were glassed, I was suddenly immersed deep in a tropical nature. It was fantastic!

There were no streets, lights, electricity, etc and for many people it might have been threatening. But I delighted in the sounds of rain on the thin transparent roof, thunder – lightening, the wind through the mesh windows, the sound of the ocean, the wing beat and call of the passing cardinal birds, every leaf falling on the roof and the plop of the falling Java Cherries hitting their mark. The moist scent of flowers and leaves passed though the house with every rainfall. At this time I also began a small vegetable and herb garden out the back of the house. The total experience further strengthened my connections and sensitivity with nature. Some of the work from this period was published in Australian Photography magazine Oct 1978. And best of all we surfed every day.

 

. Taylor Camp tree house, Kauai, Lloyd Godman

Typical Taylor Camp Tree house close to the beach, we would walk down through these houses to check the surf every morning..

 

 

Chris Brook sitting on a stone wall, with our plastic Tree house, Taylor Camp, Haena, Hawaii, 1974 - Lloyd Godman photograph

Chris Brook sitting on a stone wall of my garden, with our 3 storied plastic tree house in the background, Taylor Camp, Haena, Hawaii, 1974 -

Lloyd Godman photograph

arieal view from the mountain above Taylor camp Haena, Hawaii, 1974 - our house is on the right of the track leading into the bush. Photo Lloyd Godman

arieal view from Makana Peak, Bali Hai, the mountain above Taylor camp Haena, Hawaii, 1974 - our house is on the right of the track leading into the bush. Photo Lloyd Godman

A close up of our house in the bush from the image above.

Shelly in the treehouse Taylor Camp 1973, lloyd godman

looking down from the upper tree house at Taylor Camp to Shelly

Australian Chris Brock diving on one of the reefs in front of Taylor Camp , Photo lloyd godman

Australian Chris Brock diving on one of the reefs in front of Taylor Camp, Haena, Kauai, 1974 Lloyd Godman photograph

 

Chris Brock checking the swell at the big house, Hanalei Bay which is the largest bay on the north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii, 1974Lloyd Godman photograph

 

Tunnels surf break Haena Haena, Hawaii, 1973 - 4

Chris Brock surfing Tunnels Haena, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii - 1974 - Photo Lloyd Godman

Chris Brock surfing Tunnels Haena, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii - 1974 - Photo Lloyd Godman

 

Chris Brock surfing Tunnels Haena, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii - 1974 Photo Lloyd Godman

 

Tunnels Haena, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii - 1974 Lloyd Godman

Tunnels Haena, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii - 1974 Lloyd Godman

Surfing Tunnels Haena, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii - 1974 - Photo - Lloyd Godman

Surfing Tunnels Haena, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii - 1974 - Photo - Lloyd Godman

 

Surfing Tunnels reef, Haena, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii - 1974 - Photo - Lloyd Godman

Surfing Tunnels reef, Haena, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii - 1974 - Photo - Lloyd Godman

 

In the tube Tunnels Haena, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii - 1974 Photo Lloyd Godman

In the tube Tunnels Haena, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii - 1974 Photo Lloyd Godman

In the tube Tunnels Haena, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii - 1974 Photo Lloyd Godman

Marty sailing us from Haena to Hanalei Bay, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii 1974 Photo Lloyd Godman

Marty sailing us from Haena to Hanalei Bay, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii 1974 Photo Lloyd Godman

Todd walking at sunrise to Haena from Taylor Camp, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii 1974 Photo Lloyd Godman

Todd walking at sunrise to Haena from Taylor Camp, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii 1974 Photo Lloyd Godman

Hollow Tube, Canons, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii 1974

Hollow Tube, Canons, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii 1974 Photo Lloyd Godman

Canons surf break, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii 1974 Photo Lloyd Godman

Canons surf break, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii 1974 Photo Lloyd Godman

Jimmy Lucus, Surfing BoBo's, north shore of Kauai island in Hawaii 1974 Photo Lloyd Godman

Jimmy Lucus, Surfing BoBo's, north shore of Kauai island in Hawaii 1974 Photo Lloyd Godman

I lived at Taylor Camp 1973-4 and knew BoBo well.  I have fond memories of her. She was an amazing body surfer - always did this naked with fins  -  I had huge respect for her surfing.

Every year or so she would swim with the fins on naked from Haena - Ke'e Beach all the way along the Napali coast  to Polhale State Park Beach Kauai - I think she had a few beaks along the way - and hitch-hike back to Taylor Camp which always meant she got arrested by the cops and had to be bailed out.  I talked to her about her fears of sharks on this swim, only once she said she was surrounded by Barracuda, scary but she just kept going. Because of these antics she gained the name BoBo - ( crazy)

One reef spot to the north-west of Canons surf break at Haena was another more radical wave which became known as BoBo's named after her.  It was a bit bigger, faster, hollower, did not line up as often or well as Canons and it was not quite as predictable. The name of the break referenced that you had to be amlittel crazy to ride it.  I have a shot of Hawaiian surfer Jimmy Lucus surfing the break in 1973.

 

 

 

Surfing Canons, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii- 1974 Photo Lloyd Godman

Surfing Canons, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii- 1974 Photo Lloyd Godman

Wave, Canons sur break, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii- 1974 Photo Lloyd Godman

Wave, Canons surf break, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii- 1974 Photo Lloyd Godman

 

 

Wave, Hanalei Bay, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii- 1974 Photo Lloyd Godman

Wave, Hanalei Bay, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii- 1974 Photo Lloyd Godman

surf, Wainiha bay, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii - 1974 Photo Lloyd Godman

surf, Wainiha bay, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii - 1974 Photo Lloyd Godman

Makana Peak, Bali Hai, From Haena, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii - Taylor camp is on the far left - 1974 Photo Lloyd Godman

Makana Peak, Bali Hai, From Haena, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii - Taylor camp is on the far left - 1974 Photo Lloyd Godman

Makana Peak, Bali Hai, Haena, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii - Taylor camp is on the far left - 1974 Photo Lloyd Godman

Makana Peak, Bali Hai, Haena, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii - Taylor camp is on the far left - 1974 Photo Lloyd Godman

Surfers Polihale State Park Kauai, 1974 Photo Lloyd Godman

Polihale State Park Kauai, 1974 Photo Lloyd Godman

 

Kilauea, Kauai, 1974 Photo Lloyd Godman

 

Net fishing Wainiha bay, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii - 1974 Photo Lloyd Godman

Net fishing Wainiha bay, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii - 1974 Photo Lloyd Godman

 

Hanalei Bay from the water 1974 - Lloyd Godman

Mamalahoa from Hanalei Bay from the water 1974 - Photo Lloyd Godman

Taro Fields Hanalei Bay 1974 - Photo Lloyd Godman

Face wave Hanalei Bay 1974 - Lloyd Godman

Face wave Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii - 1974 - Lloyd Godman

Makana Peak, Bali Hai, from the ocean, Haena, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii - Taylor camp is on the far left - 1974 photo Lloyd Godman

Makana Peak, Bali Hai, from the ocean, Haena, north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii - Taylor camp is on the far left - 1974 photo Lloyd Godman

1973, Spent a day net fishing with the locals - the kids on the right are Lyon & Liard Hamiltion, Lloyd Godman

Spent a day net fishing with the locals - the kids on the right are Lyon & Liard Hamiltion.

Where the stream runs into the ocean at Taylor Camp - Photo Lloyd Godman 1974

Where the stream runs into the ocean at Taylor Camp - Photo Lloyd Godman 1974

 

Kilauea, Kauai, 1974 Photo Lloyd Godman

Kilauea, Kauai, 1974 Photo Lloyd Godman

Vinny Bryant, air induction surfbaord, lloyd godman

1973, Robbie Giles and Greg talking to Vinny Bryant at Polhale State Park Beach, Kauai, Hawaii, about the jet chambers - the idea of the holes in his board was that they suck air from the deck under the tail and give extra drive - Notice the asymmetric nature of the board chimes and the single jet chamber - so the board was specifically designed to straight and fast on rights. only ever seen one of these boards and it went like the clappers.

 

Nov 2012

just got back from NZ no waves with the new fourth gear flyer air matthat I got from Paul Gross yet  - but I found this shot when I was in NZ of me paddling up a wave in Hawaii on a hodgeman air mat. I got out the back caught the next wave in the tube but got hammered in the shore dump

 

hawaii, air mat surfing, lloyd godman

Lloyd on the shore break Heana, Kauai, Hawaii

 

Huge clean swell Hanelai Bay, Kauai,  1974, Lloyd Godman

Beautiful conditions - 1974 I witnessed this huge clean swell hit Hanelai Bay Kauai. It was the largest rideable swell of the 73-4 season.

1974 big surf, Hanalei Bay, Lloyd Godman

 So we checked it from the cliff top before paddling out ourselves

 with the waves at 15-18 feet  my old mate Chris Brock and rode his stand-up stick and I rode it on an air mat - without doubt the largest waves I have ever ridden on a mat

Chris Brock sanding the fin on his board - fish on the right

Christmas dinner Taylor Camp 1973

Christmas dinner Taylor Camp 1973 - when we were more hair than there - left to right - Robbie Giles - ? Rev John Taylor - ? , Robin, Kenny

Chris Brock biking back to Taylor Camp, lloyd Godman

Chris Brock biking back to Taylor Camp from a surf at Hanalei Bay, March 1974. Hanalei Bay pumped every day for 32 days in a row, so we would leave the boards at the big house to save bring them back every day.

 

Robert Giles after our paddle along the coast from Ke'e beach to Hanakapi ai Beach

 

Hi Lloyd,Nice web site!I was on Kauai in nov.2011. My Girl friend and I walked thru Taylor camp site.Monk seals on the beach!

We took a photo of our first tent site which is signed "ancient Hawaiian burial site".No wonder we were so fortunate to see

things on our raft trip to Hanakapi.Hope all is well,just wanted to keep in touch.Best regards to you and yours,your friend, Robbie.