‘It’s a huge punch in the gut’: Surf school lottery ends with three of four permits awarded to one owner

Ed Underwood, left, calls out the winning lottery numbers for four surf school to operate out of Kahalu‘u Bay on Friday.. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Surf school operators wait to hear if they will be chosen as one of four companies that will be permitted to use Kahalu‘u Bay. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Emotions were running high Friday at Makaeo Pavilion as the Department of Land and Natural Resources held a lottery to determine which four surf schools could operate at Kahalu‘u Beach.