Family, friends, and loved ones gathered at Prince Kuhio beach on the morning of August 15th, 2015 to celebrate the life of Sion Milosky for the 4th Annual LIVE LIKE SION GROMFEST. The GROMFEST is a grassroots event that focuses on family core values and the love Sion had for the ocean. Every year the surfing community, and the island of Kauai show their love by giving back through donations and volunteering their time. This year was no different, as it was the biggest and best one yet, with entries totaling just under 200, 46 of which were in the Keiki push-in diviSION.
The lawn at PKS was covered with blankets and umbrellas as families posted up for a day of fun at the beach. Everywhere you looked you could feel good vibes through the contagious smiles, handshakes, and hugs as everyone celebrated the life of SION MILOSKY. Prizes and raffles were passed out all day from the many generous donations, and nobody went home empty handed. All proceeds went to the LIVE LIKE SION foundation and will be allocated to a few non-profit organizations and further future events through the foundation itself. Everything from event staff, to lunch, shave ice, trophies, prizes and the awards ceremony, were all donations and just a reminder of how much of a impact SION made not only in the water but out of the water as well.
Competition was tough as the waves were 2-3 ft. with light offshore conditions and plenty of contestable rides all day. The level of surfing from all ages was incredible to see and really shows that the future of surfing in Hawaii is very bright. Their were 10 divSIONs in the LIVE LIKE SION GROMFEST but the Keiki push-in stole the show again, as people crowded the wall bordering the water and cheered on every single ride the Keiki rode. They were all winners as they all got first place trophies but more importantly most had the times of their lives, and really got to see what LIVE LIKE SION was all about.
After a long action packed day of family fun and competition, the awards ceremony started a little bit down the road. Families gathered at kukui’ula harbor as the sunset over the water, filled in as a backdrop. Dinner was shared and everyone enjoyed and reminisced on the days fun and remembered a great man while doing so. The awards were passed out and every finalist was loaded up with donated prizes from Volcom, Oakley, KonaRed, Poipu Surf, Captain Andy’s and the many other sponsors along with trophies to remember the 4th Annual LIVE LIKE SION GROMFEST. Last but not least Will Scovel Surfboards and Lee Surfboard Design, surprised everyone with the GROM OF THE DAY boy/girl awards and gave away a beautiful surfboard each.
This years 4th annual LIVE LIKE SION GROMFEST was a huge success and will be hard to top! The GROMFEST would not be possible without the many volunteers, event staff, parents and sponsors. The Milosky Ohana, and the event staff would like to send a sincere Mahalo and Aloha to everyone who made it happen. Without all of you this event would not be possible and we are forever thankful and deeply humbled for your continued support, love, and generosity. We look forward to seeing you next year at the 5th Annual LIVE LIKE SION GROMFEST and again help us celebrate the life of SION MILOSKY.
Mahalo and Aloha.