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In Hawaii Honolulu
Hawaii, the Birthplace of Surfing, Still Shreds by Terry Reim
Hawaii, especially the island
of Oahu, has long been considered the birthplace of surfing. The first
written description of he'e nalu - the Hawaiian term for surfing - is described
in a journal entry of Captain James King in March 1779, three months after
the death of Captain James Cook, credited with first discovering the Hawaiian
Islands in 1778: "Twenty or thirty of the natives, taking each a long narrow
board, rounded at the ends, set out together from the shore.
|Their first object is to
place themselves on the summit of the largest surge, by which they are
driven along with amazing rapidity toward the shore." The Ancient Hawaiian
Tradition of Surfing Surfing permeated every aspect of Hawaiian society,
including social structure, myth and religion.
Native Hawaiians surfed on
long, hardwood boards lying down, sitting or standing. Hawaiians left older,
more picturesque evidence of their sport in the form of petroglyphs of
surfers carved into the lava rock, and chants that tell the stories of
great surfing feats, some dating to 1500. As an integral part of traditional
Hawaiian culture, surfing was included in the code of kapu (taboos) that
regulated all social interaction in prehistoric Hawaii.
The Kapu system maintained
a society that was stratified into royal and common classes. These taboos
extended into the surf zone, specifying beaches and reefs where the ali'i
(chiefs) surfed, and those where the maka ai nana (commoners) were allowed.
The Death of Surfing After the arrival of Christian missionaries in the
1820s, who imposed a work and puritanical ethic surfing, along with hula
and other "play" activities faded from Hawaiian culture.
With the help of converted
Hawaiian Queen Ka'ahumanu (Kamehameha the Great's favorite wife), the ancient
kapu system was overturned and the beaches and waves were freed to all
- but there was no one left to surf them for over 150 years. The Rebirth
of Surfing At the turn of the 20th century, surfing underwent a renaissance,
thanks to 3 men - none of who was Hawaiian. Surfer George Freeth began
amazing visitors with his surfing stunts on the waves of Oahu's Waikiki
About the same time, the
writings of author Jack London exposed the sport to an international audience.
Alexander Hume Ford helped establish the Outrigger Canoe Club on Waikiki,
the first modern club dedicated to the perpetuation of wave riding.
on Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
|Freeth was also brought
surfing to California, when he surfed in an exhibition at Redondo Beach
in 1907. Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, a Waikiki beach boy and Olympic swimming
champion, was already famous as a surfer and world-record holder in the
100-meter freestyle, when he helped found the Hui Nalu Club in Waikiki.
Duke took the sport of surfing
to Australia when he was invited to surf in Sydney in 1912. By the 1960s,
especially in the U.S - new materials, new technologies and new board design
created a renewed swell of interest in the ancient Hawaiian sport and surfing
began to move into popular culture in the U.S. establishing its own genre
of music culminating in The Beach Boys, and various popular movies including
Gidget and Endless Summer. It has become a multi-billion dollar worldwide
industry that includes equipment, accessories, surf wear, surfing, books
magazines, films, music and adventure vacations.
Oahu's Big Wave Competition
The Quiksilver, Big Wave Invitational In Memory of Eddie Aikau, takes place
each winter at Waimea Bay on the North Shore of Oahu. Created in 1985 to
honor legendary Hawaiian waterman Eddie Aikau, this event gathers 24 of
the most accomplished paddle-in big wave riders from around the world.
"The Eddie," as it is also known, spans up to 3 months - waiting for ideal,
30-foot plus waves. The competition itself occurs on a single day when
conditions are just perfect. Edward Ryan Aikau was a Hawaiian surfer and
lifeguard, whose strength, knowledge, skill and courage have become legendary.
In 1978, Eddie was lost at sea when he set off alone on his surfboard to
help save fellow crewmembers aboard the foundering ship Hokule'a on her
maiden, solo voyage to Tahiti. Since then, "Eddie Would Go," has become
a common saying throughout the Hawaiian Islands.. Oahu is Still King of
Surfing With year-round water temperatures from 70 to 80 degrees F, more
than 1700 mapped surf sites, and some of the world's best waves - from
gentle Waikiki rollers to the massive 40-foot body crushers of Maui's Jaws
and Oahu's Northshore - Hawaii, and most especially Oahu, remains one of
the best places on earth to surf, year round.
- Featured Oahu Vacation Rentals
|About the Author Terry
Reim has more than 25 years' experience as an editor and writer in newspaper,
magazine, trade book, textbook, and technical publishing. While Managing
Editor of Horses Magazine in Carlsbad, CA for four years, and DesertUSA.com,
an online travel and adventure guide to the American Southwest for three
years, he authored dozens of articles as well. Terry lives in Maui, Hawaii.
OAHU, HAWAII VACATION RENTALS
for Honolulu Vacation Rentals
for more Honolulu Vacation Rentals
at the Waikiki Banyan, Honolulu
resort in Honolulu, Hawaii, located on the Diamond Head side of Oahu, one
block from Waikiki Beach and one-half mile from the Ala Wai Golf Course.
Positioned in a quiet neighborhood two blocks from Waikiki beach, this
resort is close to shopping and dining on Kalakaua avenue. With floor-to-ceiling
windows, bold wood furniture and island décor, each of the resort's
288 condominium-style guestrooms, located in two buildings, are elegantly
arranged to meet the needs of their diverse clientele. Popular among families,
these suites feature breakfast bars or dining sets and kitchens with refrigerators,
microwave ovens and coffeemakers. All suites feature private lanais. Vcrs,
in-room safes and high-speed internet access are available for a fee.
Pacific Monarch Honolulu
Just three blocks from both
Waikiki and Kuhio beaches within walking distance of plenty of fine shopping,
dining and nightlife. The hotel features a rooftop pool and hot tub
with unrivaled views of Honolulu, the ocean and Diamond Head. One level
below the pool deck is a public area containing a refrigerator, sink, dining
tables and a television fronted by plush couches. This room also provides
some fabulous vistas, particularly from the windowed sauna. Other amenities
include a poolside bar, laundry facilities, business and concierge services.
The rooms have island-style furniture and light colored wood highlights.
All rooms offer cable television, air conditioning, a balcony, a safe and
a kitchenette with a refrigerator, microwave oven and coffeemaker. One-bedroom
apartments have full kitchens.
Waikiki Sunset, Honolulu
blocks from Waikiki beach, offering views of the blue waters of the Pacific
and the lush green mountains of the Koolau range in Honolulu, Hawaii. The
hotel is less than one mile from international market place, the Honolulu
Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium. The volcanic crater Diamond Head is one-and-one-half
miles away. This condo-style resort features an open-air lobby and island-inspired
décor. The hotel's sixth-floor sundeck includes a heated outdoor
pool, tennis courts, a sauna and two barbeque grills. The resort includes
314 one-bedroom and 61 two-bedroom suites with furnished lanais. Each room
features kitchens with refrigerators, microwave ovens, coffeemakers, cookware
Hokele Suites Waikiki, Honolulu
This family-friendly Hawaii
hotel is located in Honolulu on the island of Oahu, 0.3 mile from
International Market Place, 0.4 mile from Waikiki Beach, and 1 mile from
Honolulu Zoo. Castle Hokele Suites Waikiki features an outdoor pool with
sundeck. The hotel offers complimentary breakfast daily. Hokele Restaurant
and Bar is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. An Internet kiosk
(surcharge) with high-speed Internet access and a 24-hour front desk are
available. Conveniences include laundry facilities and self parking (surcharges).
Accommodations at Castle Hokele Suites Waikiki provide lanais, kitchens,
and air conditioning.
Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa, Honolulu
The beachfront Hilton Hawaiian
Village Beach Resort & Spa is set amid 22 acres of landscaped gardens,
koi ponds and waterfalls in Honolulu, Hawaii. DFS Galleria stands on the
resort premises. Pearl Harbor historic site is 13 miles from the hotel.
An open-air lobby features tropical-style rattan furniture, stone-tiled
floors and expansive windows that overlook the resort's tropical landscape.
This hotel offers 22 restaurants and lounges that prepare fare ranging
from innovative Pacific Rim dishes to Mediterranean cuisine. The 33,000-square-foot
Mandara Spa includes a sun terrace, a mosaic-tiled infinity pool and an
extensive fitness center. The Hilton's King's Jubilee is a Polynesian dance
and musical revue topped off with a fireworks display.
Luana Waikiki, Honolulu
The Outrigger Luana Waikiki
stands adjacent to Fort DeRussy Park and near the Royal Hawaiian Shopping
Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Waikiki Beach is located nearby. The
hotel lobby features an expansive framed mirror, flower arrangements and
cushioned seating. A mezzanine level offers three computers. High-speed
Internet access, a fax machine, and a printer are available for a fee.
A secluded outdoor pool is flanked by cabanas and complimentary barbecue
grills. A fitness room contains free weights, a treadmill, a step machine
and a weight machine. A full-service health spa, Ville de Coco, offers
treatments such as lomi lomi massage and facials.
Regency on Beach Walk, Honolulu
accommodations and tropical-style ambience on the Waikiki beach walk promenade,
less than 1-quarter mile from Waikiki beach. The promenade boasts an outdoor
entertainment plaza, 40 retailers and six restaurants. Less than one-half
mile away, world-class retailers and specialty shops, including Kate Spade,
Bvlgari, Fendi and Harley-Davidson, are featured at the Royal Hawaiian
Shopping Center. The Ala Wai Golf Course and the Honolulu Zoo are located
one mile from the property. Boasting tiled verandas with city, mountain
or ocean views, the one- and two-bedroom suites feature deep mahogany-finished
furniture, nesting tables, abstract artwork and accents in soft white,
cherry red and chocolate brown.
VACATION RENTAL VILLAS & HOMES
for Honolulu Vacation Rentals
Place, Kailua Beach, near Honolulu
Pilipu Place, a HISTORICAL
LANDMARK sits on an acre of land 30 yards from the soft white sand
of the BEST BEACH IN HAWAII! Kailua Beach is 20 minutes from Honolulu and
the Airport. Pilipu Place is beautiful, peaceful, comfortable and
furnished completely. Can be rented as a studio, 1 bedroom or 2 bedroom
OAHU VACATION RENTALS
Villa, Vacation Rental Villa, Lanikai
located in Lanikai, this luxury home is only a three minute walk to the
beach. The house has two kitchens, four bedrooms, and two and one-half
baths. Marble countertops, coral walls, and a large master bath with dual
showerheads bring to light this charming, spacious, Hawaiian Hale.
Enjoy the spectacular views of the Lanikai mountainside from the front
lanai, or relax in the tropical serenity of the back lanai. Included are
amenities such as a gas grill, snorkeling gear, and many beach accessories.
A guide book and personalized service will help direct your vacation plans.
Can be rented as a 3 or 4 bedroom house.
OAHU VACATION RENTALS
Oceanfront Condos, Makaha, Waianae Coast, Oahu
have a great selection of beach/oceanfront studios and one-bedroom condos
on the beautiful Waianae Coast of Oahu in Makaha. Far from the hustle
and bustle, we're in the countryside where you can still experience Hawaii
the way it should be - unspoiled and uncrowded. We have a condo to suit
most tastes and budgets. Watch spectacular sunsets, see the dolphins,
sea turtles and even whales during the annual migration - all from the
comfort of your beachfront lanai. We have an AWESOME beach, the best
on Oahu - swim, snorkel, boogie board, surf, golf within sight at two top-quality
courses, tennis on the grounds, pool, Jacuzzi, BBQ. Upscale shopping/dining
about 20 minutes away.
Gardens Vacation Rental (Ref: 24538), B & B apartment in Waianae, USA
on the sunny west side of Oahu, only about 45 minutes from the airport
- but a world away from the noise and insanity of Waikiki! Vacation
in one of the last unspoiled Hawaiian destinations on Oahu. Our fully
furnished 1 bedroom apartment has its own private entrance, kitchenette,
a/c, linens and towels, cable TV, phone, PC with high-speed internet access
and DVD player, and can accommodate up to 4 guests. Beautifully landscaped
with your own private gardens, surrounded by shady mango trees, papaya,
guava and other tropical delights. Ailani Gardens is nestled between
the magnificent Wai'anae mountains and white sandy beaches and we are less
than 10 minutes from swimming, world-class surf, snorkelling, boating,
for Honolulu Vacation Rentals
Colony Condo, Waikiki
beautiful penthouse condos are located on Seaside Ave in the heart of Waikiki,
behind the International Marketplace and only 2 minutes to the famous Waikiki
beaches. # Fabulous Panoramic Ocean/City/Mountain Views from these
corner units. Large 9'x12' Lanai with table and chairs overlooks the City/Mountains
and AlaWai Golf Course. Cable TV, VCR, Telephone, Free Local Calls,
Answering Machine, Fully equipped Kitchen with Microwave, Refrigerator,
Stove, Utensils, Pots and Pans, Coffee Maker, Toaster and Blender..
Royal Hawaiian, 1 bedroom condos, Waikiki
The "Pink Palace
of the Pacific" provides oceanfront luxury on Waikiki Beach. Guests enjoy
spectacular ocean and garden views, a pristine stretch of white sand beach
and impeccable Royal Service. The Royal Hawaiian offers Waikiki's
only beach luau, including the music and dancing of The Royal Polynesian
Extravaganza. Other distinctions include one of the only two private, roped-off
beaches on Waikiki; the renowned, open-air Mai Tai Bar where (legend has
it) the drink was invented; a luxurious, full-service health-and-beauty
spa; and afternoon high tea service on the terrace overlooking a tranquil
coconut grove. The exercise facility and childrenís programs
are offered at the hotelís sister Sheraton properties.