Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Surfing Was First Brought Here By Hawaiian Princes
During the summer of 1885, three young Hawaiian princes rode the waves at the mouth of the San Lorenzo River on Redwood planks the ordered cut in the shape of olo surfboards by the local timber mill.
H.M. Queen Kapi’olani’s nephews:
H.R.H. Prince Jonah Küniö Kalaniana’ole
H.R.H. Prince David La’amea Kahalepouli Käwananakoa
H.R.H Prince Edward Abnel Keliianhonui
While attending St. Matthew’s Hall Military School in San Mateo, stayed during their vacation with the Swan Family in Santa Cruz and started a craze by bringing for the first time the royal Hawaiian sport of surfing to the Pacific Coast of the Americas.
A gift to the City of Santa Cruz from the Käwananako and Marignoli Families.
Erected by Käwananako and Marignoli Families.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1885.
Location. 36° 57.094′ N, 122° 1.598′ W. Marker is in Santa Cruz, California, in Santa Cruz County. Marker can be reached from West Cliff Drive, on the left Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 701 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz CA 95060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 54th Coast Artillery Army Regiment War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); History of Surfing in Santa Cruz (approx. ¼ mile away); Saint Joseph Marello (approx. ¼ mile away); Epworth-By-The-Sea (approx. half a mile away); Rockcrest Iliff House (approx. half a mile away); 135 Gharkey (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Wharf Links Land and Sea (approx. 0.6 miles away); La Barranca Park (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Cruz.
Also see . . .
1. Santa Cruz Lighthoues. Lighthouse Friends entry:
Santa Cruz, located on the northern side of Monterey Bay, was home to a busy port in the mid 1800s, with ships dropping anchor in the harbor to take on loads of redwood, lime, and agricultural products. Authorities felt a lighthouse was needed to guide traffic into the harbor, and Congress set aside a sum of $30,000 on August 30, 1852 for the erection of the Santa Cruz Lighthouse. (Submitted on February 1, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
2. History of California Surfing. California Public website entry (Submitted on April 6, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 1, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 656 times since then and 122 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on February 1, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.