Honokea Surf Villages & Resorts partnered with The Rilington Group

Hawaii-based real estate development company, Honokea Surf Villages & Resorts, is looking to develop a 60-acre ‘surf village’ and resort in California’s Coachella Valley.

The development will include a surf facility, an adventure sports park, a large events space, an organic farm, dining and shopping areas, and a boutique hotel.Honokea Surf Villages and Resorts

A rendering of the Honokea Surf Village in Coachella Valley.

COURTESY HONOKEA SURF PARK

The company was founded in 2011 by local surfer and waterman Brian KeaulanaKeno Knieriem and his father Kenan Knieriem to create a unique real estate development company that uses man-made wave technologies to create surf resorts in Hawaii and the Mainland.

Honokea partnered with California-based land development management company The Rilington Group to oversee construction, which may create up to 400 local jobs. Once open, the project is expected to create 600 jobs and generate more than $1 billion for the local economy.

“We are honored to lead the planning and execution of this project,” said Mickie Riley, president of The Rilington Group. “With our local knowledge and expertise we are excited to bring Honokea’s vision to life in the Coachella Valley. As a locally operated firm not only do we work in the community but we live here and we play here. The Coachella Valley is an ideal location for the Surf Village and we share in Honokea’s focus on environmental sustainability and community building.”

The Honokea Surf Village will be a sustainable project, using drip irrigation and aquaponic farming, using approximately one-eighth the water currently consumed by each of the 124 golf courses in the valley.

The project has been in the works for two years, and will include educational initiatives involving local school partnerships, as well as collaborations with nonprofit organizations.

“We would be truly honored to bring Honokea to the Coachella Valley,” Keaulana said in a statement. “Southern California has a great surf culture that has always been tied very closely to Hawaii, and the desert is such a special place. We are excited to combine these cultures into something authentic and truly unique.”

Katie Murar covers tourism, restaurants, retail and residential real estate for Pacific Business

The creation of ‘Just an Old Cowboy.’ and ‘A Friend From Long Ago’

One night I awoke, to my mind spinning with memories and stories of long ago.  I tried going back to sleep, but sleep wouldn’t be possible until this was down on paper.  This night opened the door to the past and my old cowboy was reborn.  

So let’s go back a some years… I’ve always been a bit of a loner, home for me was a lonely place, my horse and dog were my best friends. My dog was one of the sons of ‘Lassie’, our neighbors won him in a Campbell Soup dog naming contest.  They had no fence and couldn’t keep him cause he kept running away.  They gave him to us, because we loved him and he’d always come to our house first when he got out.  He was unreal, he was trained by Bob Wetherwax, Lassie’s trainer and was smart as be and a better student than me.   When not at school,  I was out riding my horse, his name was Diablo.  He was an adopted wild mustang, who was supposed to be trained, but was only green broke and proud cut to boot.  We grew up together and spent many years exploring the mountains, hills and valleys near my house.  Looking back I you see how special it all really was, like being inspired by the raw beauty of the land, and sitting by a stream taking it all in while getting lost in the music of the water playing over rocks, lots of special moments.  Although spending so much time in the mountains along did put us in more than a few dangerous situations, and I was aware how alone and far from help my horse and I were if something went wrong.  (and no we couldn’t just call someone, cell phones hadn’t been invented yet).  Anyways, I think all those experiences along with loneliness helped fuel my *Walter Mitty-ish imagination and was the genesis of my imaginary cowboy friend, and he became my protector and riding companion of sorts. Not much protection in a real situation, but tell that to the imagination… ‘Just an Old Cowboy” is in poem form and the first of my stories about our time and adventures.  

I hope you enjoy them and I hope you also have great and wonderous adventures! 

                                                                                                                                                   Hansi Riley

I don’t have many pictures of my horse and I together, so I posted this movie I rode my horse in, it’s taken at the bottom of the hills, below the mountains we would ride in.    To see the film ‘Marijuana 1968’ go to http://buff.ly/12KxI0F and scroll to reel 27:43

 I wouldn’t be surprised it it’s #1 on ”Rotten Tomatoes’, Sony Bono narrated and I think he was stoned, hehe 

* The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber  https://youtu.be/KUQO1O9__d4 Walter Mitty had his own secret world, created by am extreme imagination.  I guess mine wasn’t that bad, compared to his.  (=

Just an Old Cowboy

Just an Old Cowboy ragged and worn

stains on his shirt with jeans thin and torn.

He moved kinda slow and talked slower still       Old Cowboy 2

but none of this fooled me

cause he’d tamed these wild hills,

and no man could make it

to his age in these parts.

Without being rugged and unless he was smart.

I entered the cabin and was looking around

when he signaled me over, to come sit down.

He rubbed the fingers of misshapen hands

as rough and gnarled as the lay of the land.

He gazed out the window and started to speak

as he started to going back in time.

He spoke of his horses and then of his wife

reminiscing bout good times he’d had.

He told of their  hardship, trouble and strife

that was all a part of the Cowboy life.

Then he spoke of his family

who’d brought him such joy

his beautiful daughters, the birth of their boy.

His eyes teared up and he turned away

saying; ’Loosing my wife,

took the best part of me, that day.’

Well I lost my Old Cowboy in his 86th year.

I still have his picture, and even now I can hear

his gravely voice, see those twinkling eyes.

I still visit his mountain,

cause that’s where he lies.           Hansi Riley