Wave master
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Sons of privilege

Wave master
Emery Kauanui, nicknamed “The Flying Hawaiian” for his aerial manuevers, tucks into a tube at Windansea Beach in La Jolla. He was beaten to death in May 2007. (John Slavin)
Bond
Kauanui hangs loose with his mother, Cindy Kauanui. She moved her three sons from Hawaii in 1992 after a hurricane and a divorce from Emery Kauanui Sr. (Peter King)
Memorial
Two weeks after Kauanui’s death, hundreds of people paid tribute to him in a traditional Hawaiian “paddle out” ceremony off Windansea Beach. (K.C. Alfred / San Diego Union Tribune)
Ashes
From a San Diego lifeguard boat, Cindy Kauanui spreads the ashes of her slain son as his brother, Nigel, stands at left with arms raised, exulting with hundreds of other surfers who conducted a paddle out ceremony in the surfer’s honor. (Nancee E. Lewis / San Diego Union-Tribune)
Idyllic
Sandstone cliffs offer a sunset view at Windansea Beach. Five fellow surfers were originally accused of murder in Kauanui’s death. Four of the men have pleaded guilty to lesser charges and now face sentences of three to five years. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Flash point
The events that led to Kauanui’s death began with a fight in the crowded La Jolla Brew House four days before Memorial Day 2007. Lawyers for the defendants said Kauanui’s death was an accident. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Couple
Kauanui and his longtime girlfriend, Jenny Grosso, embrace. She tried to intervene when the fight started, but was held back by one of the defendants. ()
In court
Defendant Seth Cravens, 22, listens to testimony during a bail hearing. He was the only one of the five defendants to not plead guilty in the slaying. Prosecutors allege Cravens threw the punch that resulted in Kauanui’s fatal head injury. (Sean Masterson / For The Times)
Henry Hendricks
Defendant Henry Hendricks, 22, has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of being an accessory in the fatal beating. An honor student in high school, Hendricks received an athletic scholarship to the University of New Hampshire. (Sean Masterson / For the Times)
Orlando Osuna
Defendant Orlando Osuna, 23, listens to arguments during a San Diego court hearing in September 2007. “They’re just a group of guys having a good time,” said Osuna’s stepfather, Scott Wright. Osuna pleaded guilty Friday to involuntary manslaughter and misdemeanor battery. (Sean Masterson / For The Times)
Eric House
Defendant Eric House, 21, right, and his legal counsel, Earl Potts, consult at the September 2007 court hearing. House lost a front tooth in the deadly confrontation that ended near Kauanui’s mother’s La Jolla home. House pleaded guilty Friday to involuntary manslaughter and misdemeanor battery. (Sean Masterson / For The Times)
Matthew Yanke
Defendant Matthew Yanke appears in court in September 2007. “ ‘I’m so scared. This can’t happen to me,’ ” a friend recalled him saying after Kauanui’s death. “He kept begging me to let people know that it wasn’t his fault.” Yanke pleaded guilty Friday to involuntary manslaughter and misdemeanor battery. (Sean Masterson / For The Times)
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