BY SUSHONE SEMPELL – Maui Longboards teams up with Ben Aipa, one of the most influential surfboard shapers in surfing, to produce a Limited Edition Autographed Ky-Mani Marley Art Surfboard.

There will be only five limited edition boards made that will be auctioned off to raise money for Love Over All Foundation (LOAF), a non-profit charity founded by Ky-Mani Marley, son of the legendary Jamaican music artist, Bob Marley. LOAF provides programs and distribution of grants that help promote positive change in low socioeconomic communities. Grants are focused on education, music and sports for the youth and are distributed worldwide.

LOAF also provides support in the development of sickle cell and diabetes research.

“From my heart, it is my wish to help the disadvantaged youth in the state of Hawaii through my Foundation and through collaboration with local organizations. We will use a majority portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Ky-Mani Marley Limited Edition Art Surfboards to assist in providing programs that would benefit homeless and runaway youths in the areas of music and sports. I don’t surf, but it would be exciting to try and ride on one of the sold Ky-Mani Marley Art Surfboards. I look forward to a great Hawaiian concert tour and I hope to open doors for my foundation to do good things for the island community,” says Ky-Mani.

The Limited Edition Art Surfboard will be displayed and sold during the Ky-Mani Marley concerts  on Oahu and Maui. All bidding starts at $1,000 and winners will be immediately announced at the close of silent auction.  For more information regarding LOAF, visit www.loveoverall.org

Monday, July 4, Silent Auction starts at 8:30 pm and ends at 1 am., SoHo Mixed Media Bar, 80 South Pauahu Street, Honolulu, Hawaii, Tickets: $35 Advance / $40 Door

Tuesday, July 5, Silent Auction starts at 8:00 pm and ends at 12 midnight. Bidding starts at $1,000 and winner will be announced immediately at close of auction period, Ocean’s Beach Bar & Grill, 1819 South Kihei Road, Kihei, Maui, Hawaii, Tickets: $40 Advance / $45 Door

Two Ky-Mani Marley Surfboards are currently being auctioned on MauiLongboards.com through e-Bay. On-line auction is on-going and will end on Tuesday, July 5 at 12 midnight. Bidding starts at $1,000 for each Surfboard and winners will be contacted immediately via e-mail or phone at close of auction period.

The last Grand Finale Surfboard will be auctioned off on Maui Longboard’s website www.mauilongboards.com. Auction will start on July 4, 2011 and ends on August 4, 2011, 12 midnight.

Bidding starts at $1,000 and winners will be contacted via e-mail and by phone at close of auction period.

Surfboard will be available for delivery or pick up at Maui Longboards Showroom by appointment only. If you have questions about pick-up or delivery, please call 808-688-8008.

Sushone Sempell is the CEO of Leni Knight, Public Relations

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