A few weeks ago, I emailed Terry Kerby about the Waimea Bay section of the website. I was hoping he could give me some assistance with route names. I had a copy of the original topo drawn by him and I had heard he and his crew were some of the first to rock climb down there. I knew he was the guy to ask.
In the back of my mind, I was also hoping to find out what the climbing community was like back then, who was out there and where they were going. I ended up asking him if he had any photos of those early days of rock climbing in Hawaii. What he sent over blew me away. Maybe it's just because I'm really into old pictures like these, but I thought these were some of the coolest pictures ever and I had to share them. Terry was generous enough to give me permission to do so. I can't thank him enough for sharing these with us and for painting a picture of the climbing community back then in the emails he sent me. I will include some excerpts as the captions to his photos below.
Today, Terry works as Director of Submersible Operations at the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL), at the University of Hawaii, jamming 7-day work weeks to get the Pisces IV and Pisces V ready for a major expedition in early 2016. These subs are the "the only two deep submergence assets based right in the middle of the Pacific." The program was almost let go back in June due to lack of federal funding. You can help support HURL with a UH Foundation donation.
Thank you again, Terry. Best of luck next year in the South China Sea. Let me know when you're free to get back out on some rock!