Rell Sunn, Queen of Makaha Beach


Rell Sunn, a famous Hawaiian, proved that women could ride the big waves as well as men. Show your favorite athlete in action!


1. What famous athletes do you follow? What obstacles have they overcome in their lives and sports careers? Rell Sunn continued to surf even during her cancer treatments! Learn more about your favorite athlete and then show how she or he tackles the waves (or any other sport) in an action-packed 3-D scene.

2. With Crayola® Color Wave Markers, decorate an open file folder for your scene. Make one half the background (waves and sun, for example) and the other half the foreground (sand and palm trees). Make your sport come alive with bright colors! To add sparkle, apply Crayola Glitter Glue. Air-dry the glue.

3. Decide how to position your surfer: catching a wave, sitting on a board, or perhaps standing on the beach. Draw your figure with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils on another file folder. If you change your mind, just erase! Cut out your figure with Crayola Scissors. With the markers, design a cool bathing suit and fabulous surfboard.

4. To position your surfer on the folder, first cut a cardboard tube into two short pieces. Color them to blend into the scene. With Crayola School Glue, attach one piece to the back of your figure. Glue the second roll so it forms a T on the middle of the tube already attached. Air-dry the glue.

5. Stand the file folder up to form an L. Glue one end of the surfer support to the foreground and the other end to the background. Air-dry your scene before you report on your athlete to your class.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Glitter Glue— WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD—Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Not for use on skin.

Recycled Cardboard Tubes—Use paper towel tubes, gift-wrap tubes, or long cardboard tubes that can be cut to any length. Health professionals caution against using recycled toilet paper tubes for arts & crafts projects because of the potential fecal contamination.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.


  • • Rell Sunn was one of the first well-known women surfers. Though small in stature she surfed the large waves of Makaha Beach, where she got her nickname "The Queen of Makaha." She won many awards, established a surf school for young children, and fought a public battle with cancer that eventually claimed her life. Find out more about her accomplishments.

  • • Study Hawaii and how waves and even tsunamis are formed.

  • • Island economies are unique. Research how economies, people’s lives, and even sports are affected by geography.

  • • Assessment: Assure that the displays and details presented to the class are accurate and compelling. Review any written material in advance.

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crayola supplies
  • Erasable Colored Pencils
  • Color Wave™ Markers
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Glitter Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
household supplies
  • recycled file folders
  • recycled gift wrap or paper towel roll



  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12


  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • Multiple Sessions


  • • Students connect with other cultures and sports by studying famous athletes and the obstacles they overcome.

  • • Children construct a 3-D display of one athlete engaging in the sport.

  • • Students orally present a biographical sketch of the athlete to the class, using their displays for discussion.


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