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Friday, November 8, 2013

North Shore's Surf Row: Where the pro surfers live

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Jamie O’Brien’s Dad’s House

There remain a handful of residential properties nestled among the imposing surf houses and rental estates of Ke Nui. Among them is a former sugar mill house, which has been converted into a confusing constellation of rooms and apartments. Professional surfer Jamie O’Brien lived here, and, if you assumed from the beach the house was serving as the headquarters for Red Bull, you could be forgiven. It’s certainly what the awning, beach umbrella, bar tables and custom-built Red Bull Jacuzzi—all gifts from O’Brien’s sponsor—imply.

Though O’Brien has since moved up the road, his dad still lives here, and the house is still decorated in promotional jetsam. Despite not being a surf house, the residents here report all the same problems: strangers at the gate, theft, crowds on the beach and in the line-up.

The place itself feels like the product of an obsessive collector. It’s like being in an antiques shop. The O’Brien artifacts continue inside, along with actual flotsam (old signs that have washed ashore) and stuff bought during movie set liquidations (everything from fake fruit to furniture).

There’s happy-birthday bunting hanging out back, and we ask whose big day we’ve crashed. “We hung it for Jamie’s dad last week, but come back in a year. It’ll still be there.”

Signs threatening trespassers with dog attacks: 1
Dog attacks: None
Attack dogs: None
Pets:  2, a small adorable dog called Gizmo and his much larger, much sleepier companion
Oil paintings of Jamie O’Brien: innumerable

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Honolulu Real Estate focuses on the Hawaii housing market, condos and homes for sale, Hawaii rentals and general news about real estate in Hawaii. It also includes stories on apartment living, home decor and profiles.

Melissa Chang graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in journalism and has been blogging since 2007, mostly on food and travel. She works primarily in social media, so you can find her online @Melissa808 on Twitter and Instagram.


Jaymes Song is a real estate agent at Prudential Advantage Realty in Kahala. Jaymes is in the top 7 percent of Prudential agents nationwide. Previously, Jaymes was at The Orange County Register, Honolulu Star-Bulletin and rose through the ranks to overseeing news and operations for AP in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. Jaymes lives in the Portlock area and loves his real full-time job of being dad to two curious kids.

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