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Surfer Hostess Laura Blears: Sample of 60 tales in my new book


Laura Blears
Surfer to Hostess with the Mostest 

SHE WAS THE FIRST WOMAN in the world to win money in a surfing contest. She posed for Playboy surfing, leaving little to the imagination. Her illustrious father, Lord James Blears (his real name, not a title) advised her to “go for it.” 

She was a Smirnoff vodka girl, posing in a white swimsuit on a surfboard for a promotional poster sent to every bar in the islands. She went on ABC’s Wide World of Sports, Challenge of the Sexes, as well as its Superstars version, competing with the likes of NFL football star Dick Butkus and others. 

She appeared on What’s My Line, a popular network show in the eighties, whose panel members had to guess the profession of guests. 

Nobody figured out she was a world-class surfer. She is Lahaina’s Laura Blears, formerly Laura Blears Chin and Laura Blears Cohn, who has been the “hostess with the mostest” at Kimo’s on Front Street for the last 12 of her 31 years there.

Full profile in the book. 

Discover Maui’s people

Stories of 60 remarkable people from my columns in Lahaina News. See sample essay below.

A great read to discover more about Maui

Who was Hawaii’a first feminist? How many locals have you truly gotten to know? Who united these islands? Have you wondered how hula is learned and perfected? Enjoy 60 short tales from my award-winning columns in Lahaina News that offer a unique look appealing to new, frequent visitors or residents ideal for a read on beach or plane.

How did Trilogy excursions, Old Lahaina Luau begin and how did an experience in Germany result in opening of Lahaina’s most successful art gallery? What is it like to live on Maui?

How do you accurately pronounce aloha and what is it true meaning? Who are Maui’s colorful characters and why did one play ukulele without strings?

Here’s the surprising book people love to read with interesting tales of Maui’s remarkable people and our island’s fascinating history. Buy at

Get the book visitors, residents love

Here’s the book people love to read about Maui’s remarkable people, our fascinating history and the real meaning of aloha.
MAUI TIME WEEKLY  calls the author’s writing “intriguing and illuminating” and the book “an interesting primer on notable people on Maui. Anyone who has been on the island 24 hours will find this an easy, handy reference.

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Surfer hostess with mostest profiled

She was the first woman in the world to win money in a surfing contest. She posed for a Playboy leaving little to the imagination. Her illustrious father, Lord James Blears advised her to “go for it.” She is Lahaina’s Laura Blears now the “hostess with the mostest” at Kimo’s on Front Street for more than 15 years. (Excerpt)


Who is 160 this week?

Hawaiian honored in U.S. Capitol is King Kamehameha, unifier of the the Hawaiian islands. Read short tales about him and other monarchs in Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui.

Great photo of the day (6/7)

Kaanapali: another day at the beach as visitors return in large numbers.
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Great Maui photo of the day (6/4)

And they are off on Kaanapali Beach. World’s top sailors compete.

Great photo of day (6/2)

No shortage of beautiful people o Maui.

Stories “like tasty cookies.”

One reader says the book for you has stories that jump from the page and are thougtful, short, easy to digest like tasty cookies.

Catamaran adventure

Here you will read about :Musicians. Artists. Hawaiians. Luau founders. Trilogy sailing entrepreneurs. Modern day whalers, 400,000 Mai Tai man. Hostess-surfer. Teacher of intricate hula. Ultimate visitor. Concierge. Lei lady.”Morning Goddess.” Parrot man. Chef. Story teller. Gallery owner. Architect. Gadfly. Activist. Old Timer and fascinating historical figures. 

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