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R.I.P. Delta Thompson (Oct. 29, 1970-Aug. 23, 2009)

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Hawai‘i Island lost one of its finest sons yesterday morning, Delta Thompson, 38, passed away after an arduous battle with lung cancer. The Kona boy called Banyans his homebreak and was a pillar of the Big Island surf community. Delta inspired pride within Moku ‘O Keawe wave riders with F.B.I. (From the Big Island), a clothing brand that was quite often imitated, but never duplicated. Thompson was also in the underground B.I. band, Stone Like God, who was known for their dub-punk music and t-shirt designs that resembled the Steinlager beer bottles. He was also well-respected on the North Shore of O‘ahu and worked water patrol with many of Hawai‘i’s best ocean officials. Perhaps though, his greatest contribution to Big Island surfing was with the keiki. He helped Kona grommets like, Keala Naihe, travel to the neighbor islands and California for contests where he would coach the groms during heats.

Delta at his beloved Banyan's in Kona. Photo: Joe Sullivan via Facebook

Delta at his beloved Banyan's in Kona. Photo: Joe Sullivan via Facebook

According to pro surfer CJ Kanuha, it was one of Delta’s last wishes for his funeral service to be held on his birthday, Oct. 29, 2009. The celebration of Delta Thompson’s life will be held on Hawai‘i Island and Contrast will inform friends and well-wishers to the exact time and location soon. To send letters or cards :
DELTA’s Ohana C/O Easley, 73-4300 Haleamau St. Kailua-Kona, HI 96740. Pour out a Steiney or take a “rip” in memory of Delta. He embodied Aloha and was truly a Hawaiian heart born into a haole body. We know you’re in a better place now, but you will be missed by many, Delta Thompson.