SUNDOT OHANA - COUSIN CHRISTA THE COP!

Our Sundot Ohana stretches far and wide across the world and the skills we all bring to our communities is incredible. Christa Russell is an avid ocean dweller and Big Island adventurer and in her spare time, happens to work as a Police Officer in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Christa Russel in Kohala Pololu Valley wearing Sundot Marine Flags Marlin Tshirt

We caught up with her about her recent trip to Kaua'i to spread the ashes of her uncle, Bob Russell, owner of Sundot Marine from 1984-1997.

Tell us your full name.

Christa Ann Russell 

Where are you currently?

At my home in Kailua-Kona

Favorite flag?

Marlin 

Favorite lure?

Pretty shiny ones?!

Favorite fish?

Ahi or menpachi or kole cause they’re so ono. 

Tell us about your most amazing fishing adventure.

I got to finally participate in the 2017 Huggos Wahine Fishing Tournament this past year which I have been wanting to do for years! I fished with a bunch of my friends on the Meleiwa. We didn’t catch anything but my team was awesome and we placed 3rd for costume/boat decorations! 

Fishing at the Huggos Wahine Tournament 2017 on the Meleiwa Sundot Marine Rep Christa Russell

Fishing aboard the Meleiwa, Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i

Fishing at the Huggos Wahine Tournament on the Meleiwa all dressed up in costume

Team Wicked Catch and Sundot Marine ohana at the Huggos Wahine Fishing Tournament 2017

Team "Wicked Catch" at the Huggos Wahine Fishing Tournament 2017

Tell us about your job? Do you fish full time or do you have other money making specialties

I’m a police officer with Hawaii Police Department and currently work in Kona on patrol.  In my free time, I love to surf if there’s waves.  If it’s flat I enjoy anything outdoors including diving, hiking, fishing, and I'm always down to try or venture somewhere new! And traveling off the rock!!! 

Favorite Big Island adventure?

Chasing the surf whether it be my home break at Banyans or across the island to Bowls in Poho'iki, Honoli'i, or even Waipi'o valley :) 

Dream fishing destination?

Tahiti

Drink of choice?

Big Wave 

Favorite place to have your drink of choice?

Watching the sunset at the beach. 

What does Kailua-Kona mean to you?

Home, sweet home 

Quote or saying you live by?

"You only live once ".

Christa Russell of Sundot Marine Flags in Mahi Mahi Tshirt on Na Pali Coast Kauai Hawaii

Christa adventuring on the Na Pali Coast, Kaua'i

How do you feel about fishing regulations in Hawaii? What needs to change?

I’m not very knowledgeable when it comes to fishing regulations but growing up I was always taught to only catch what you can eat and not be greedy so that there will be enough fish for everyone and so that the fish population doesn’t die out. It’s important that we have fishing regulations and that our marine and wildlife are protected. 

Christa and Sundot Ohana Stand Up Paddling on Kauai

Why do you love the ocean?

Surfing is my favorite thing in the world and keeps me sane & in shape! The ocean and all of its creatures are so amazing and beautiful. 

How has Sundot Marine Flags influenced your life?

The company was founded by my grandma (my Mom’s Mom) whom I never got to meet but have heard so many great stories about. She founded such an awesome company because she was an amazing seamstress and even sewed costumes for the Wizard of Oz!  She had a vision to have tobies match your bikini print back in the day, and made it happen! I’m so glad that this company is still thriving and run by my family!  

How was your recent experience in Kaua'i spreading your Uncle Bob's ashes?

It was so amazing and lovely to see a lot of my family take some time to remember our beloved Robert Russell and scatter some of his ashes in the river next to our family land that my great grandma Amoe Akana was born on. Uncle Bobby’s goal was always to keep the family together and united and visioned our family land in Kauai to be a meeting place for us to have reunions. We got to have our first - of hopefully many - family reunions in Kauai on our beautiful family property in Anahola, right next to the river mouth that meets the ocean to Anahola Beach Park.

Spreading Bob Russells ashes in Kauai with the Sundot Ohana

Stand up paddling on Kauai with the Sundot Ohana to spread Robert Russells ashes

The Ohana spreading Uncle Bob Russell's ashes on Kaua'i

Tell us your favorite memory of Uncle Bob.

I have so many fond memories of my Uncle Bobby. He was like a father figure to me, very hard worker and was always there when I needed financial supoort growing up, which I am so grateful for. He gave me my first surfboard when I was younger and now surfing is such a huge part of my life. He was also a jokester and loved to make you smile. He was a great knee boarder, amazing fisherman and enjoyed learning about his Hawaiian heritage, culture and ancestors. He also cooked the best food whether it be fresh caught fish or kalua pig straight from his own imu. 

Christa Russell in Kapaau Hawi Kohala at Pololu Valley lookout in Sundot Marine Flag Marlin Tshirt

Mahalo Christa for being such an epic part of our society here in Hawaii. 

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