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Dispute surfaces over cash donated to surfer

By Marcel Honoré / mhonore@staradvertiser.com

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 16, 2013

~~<p>In late November dozens of family and friends scattered ashes of Montgomery &quot;Buttons&quot; Kaluhi&shy;oka&shy;lani into the placid water off Waikiki Beach. Meanwhile, back on shore, a storm was brewing among those closest to the iconic Oahu-born surfer.</p>
<p>At least $45,000 has been raised online and through several fundraisers by well-wishers across the globe to help cover health care costs and other expenses for Kaluhi&shy;oka&shy;lani, who was diagnosed with lung cancer last summer. The famed waterman, widely credited with helping to revolutionize surfing in the 1970s before struggling with substance abuse for decades, succumbed to the cancer Nov. 2 in Mal&shy;ibu, Calif.</p>
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In late November dozens of family and friends scattered ashes of Montgomery "Buttons" Kaluhi­oka­lani into the placid water off Waikiki Beach. Meanwhile, back on shore, a storm was brewing among those closest to the iconic Oahu-born surfer.

At least $45,000 has been raised online and through several fundraisers by well-wishers across the globe to help cover health care costs and other expenses for Kaluhi­oka­lani, who was diagnosed with lung cancer last summer. The famed waterman, widely credited with helping to revolutionize surfing in the 1970s before struggling with substance abuse for decades, succumbed to the cancer Nov. 2 in Mal­ibu, Calif. Login for more...



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