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Surfing Was First Brought Here By Hawaiian Princes

 
 
Surfing Was First Brought Here By Hawaiian Princes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 14, 2014
1. Surfing Was First Brought Here By Hawaiian Princes Marker
Inscription.
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.
 
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 when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 701 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz CA 95060, United States of America.
 
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);
Surfing Was First Brought Here By Hawaiian Princes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 31, 2014
2. Surfing Was First Brought Here By Hawaiian Princes Marker
The Cocoanut Grove (approx. 0.9 miles away); Before the Boardwalk (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (approx. one mile away); The Plunge (approx. one mile away); A Love Story (approx. one mile away); The Santa Cruz Seaside Company (approx. one mile away); Beauty and the Beach (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Cruz.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of Surfing in California. The history of surfing in California dates back to 1885. At that time, three Hawaiian princes were attending school in San Mateo. They traveled to Santa Cruz and rode waves at the mouth of the San Lorenzo river using surfboards made out of local redwood. (Submitted on February 1, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. Santa Cruz Surfing Museum. OUR MISSION: To protect and preserve our rich surfing heritage and to ensure historical artifacts are maintained and preserved for the enjoyment and education of current and future generations. (Submitted on February 1, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Santa Cruz Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 31, 2014
3. Santa Cruz Lighthouse
Home of the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum
 

3. Santa Cruz Lighthoues - Lighthouse Friends. 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 San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Sports
 
Santa Cruz Surfing Museum image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 31, 2014
4. Santa Cruz Surfing Museum
The Three Hawaiian Princes image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1885
5. The Three Hawaiian Princes
The Santa Cruz Surfing Club, circa 1941 image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1941
6. The Santa Cruz Surfing Club, circa 1941
In Memoriam - Mark Abbott image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 31, 2014
7. In Memoriam - Mark Abbott
Mark Abbott, age 18, challenged the sea and lost, February 28, 1965. His ashes are here interred beneath his favorite statue “The Castaway.” This lighthouse is further dedicated to all youth whose lives, through fate or misadventure are terminated before realizing their true potential. May their spirits find new dimensions in the unknown horizons that await us all.

Located inside the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum
Surfing at Steamer Lane in January image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 31, 2014
8. Surfing at Steamer Lane in January
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 1, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 258 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on February 1, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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