Kama3, Hawaii’s Famous Surfing Pig, Reportedly Killed By Hunters
Kama3, Hawaii’s popular surfing pig, was reportedly killed over the weekend while sleeping in a pen at a Hauula-based ranch.
On Saturday, three or four men who were most likely pig hunters, reportedly cut the ranch’s fence line, trespassed onto the property, and used bolt cutters to slice a hole into the pig pen, according to an Instagram post. Three pigs, including Kama3, were present at the scene, and according to the ranch owner, the men killed Kama3 and then dragged her into nearby woods, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser noted. The other two pigs were reportedly not hurt from the incident.
Kama3, a 200-pound pig who was related to the original Kama1, was raised and trained to ride Hawaii’s waves by owner Kai Holt. Kama3 had more than 17,000 followers on Instagram and more than 7,000 fans on Facebook. Before she was killed, Kama3 was enjoying retirement on the ranch.
Kama3 and many of her ancestors are known to competitively surf at Duke’s OceanFest in Waikiki, Hawaii, every year and they’ve been featured in numerous publications, such as National Geographic Wild and the Surf Channel.
Honolulu officials are still investigating the incident, and unfortunately, the suspects’ identities have not been confirmed at this time.
“We have lost a Hawaiian island icon,” Holt told KHON 2 News in an interview. “A legendary beast who has touched the hearts and souls of millions of people around the world.”