Honolulu in Honolulu County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
Waikiki Historic Trail
“I tried surf bathing once, subsequently, but made a failure of it… The board struck the shore in ¾ of a second, without any cargo, and I struck the bottom at the same time, with a couple of barrels of water in me.”
~Mark Twain, Waikiki, 1866
Believe it or not, by 1900 surfing had nearly died out in Hawai’i partly because of the missionary opposition to the sport which took people away from worship
Duke Kahanamoku, was famous as an Olympic Champion before his surfing. He introduced surfing to Australia and demonstrated the sport up and down the California Coast.
Erected by City and County of Honolulu. (Marker Number 2.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports.
Location. 21° 16.293′ N, 157° 49.374′ W. Marker is in Honolulu, Hawaii, in Honolulu County. Marker is on Kalaukaua Ave, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2586 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu HI 96815, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Beaches of Waikiki (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole (about 700 feet away); Duke Paoa Kahanamoku (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Stones Of Life (approx. 0.3 miles away); The First Lady of Waikiki Victoria Kawekiu F Lunalilo Kalaninuiahilapalapu Ka’iulani Cleghorn (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mahiole (approx. ¾ mile away); Kawehewehe (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Honolulu.
Regarding Waikiki. The second photo caption: This photo from the 1920's shows three surfers in various stages of catching a wave. Diamond Head, or Mr. Leahi as it was known to the Hawaiians is in the background.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 21, 2014, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 431 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on April 21, 2014, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.