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On Monday morning, as an epic early winter swell struck the islands’ north and west shores, Brian Keaulana, the Makaha-born big-wave surfer and former City and County of Honolulu lifeguard captain, called back for an interview and apologized for being slightly late. “The waves are big here at Makaha so I was surfing,” he said, “and right when you called we (were rescuing) two girls and two guys.” In addition to Makaha lifeguards, he said, rescuers included surfers from the crowd tackling the 20- to 25-foot, Hawaiian, point break.



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