paradise of the pacific, 1909
Hawaii : Paradise of
the Pacific, 1910.
Hawaii : the Paradise of the
: Press of Hawaiian Gazette Co., Ltd., Honolulu, Hawaii[1909?]
Honolulu, Hawaii : Hawaii Promotion Committee, [1909?] Internet Archive https://hdl.handle.net/2027/uiug.30112079422306
Introduction Published forHonolulu's Hawaii Promotion Committee, the book devotes
considerable text to the attractions of Waikiki Beach and
includes numerous photographs, including thee small images
incorporated into the typeface.
The large photograph by R. K.
Bonine (page 37) is reproduced on the cover, obscured by the
Around this time, surf-riding in canoes and on boards received
unprecedented exposure from the combined efforts of
Bonine,Thurston Holmes, Jack London
and Alexander Hume Ford.
Arriving with established reputations, the visitors were welcomed enthusiastically by
BATHING AT WAIKIKI
"One great joy of Honolulu is the sea bathing, for nothing
can surpass it.
Those who find delight in this rudimentary pursuit must go
to the Hawaiian Islands to understand it in perfection.
It may be claimed that there is luxurious bathing on the
Lido by Venice, or at Atlantic City, or on the coast between
"These places, as Mercutio said of his wound, 'will serve,'
but they fail to approach such bathing as can be found in
the cove which lies in the shelter of Diamond Head."
—Sir Frederick Treves, Bart, Sergeant-Surgeon to H. B. M.,
Honolulu has the most perfect
bathing resort in the world.
This is a broad statement, but none of the thousands of
visitors who see Waikiki Beach ever go away disputing the
The fame of Waikiki has spread everywhere, and has been
described with glowing pens by many noted writers and
Situated in a great curve in the shore, three miles by
trolley car from the center of Honolulu, Waikiki Beach,
fronting directly upon the vast Pacific Ocean, is yet
protected by the great coral reef half a mile or more off
Against this barrier the mighty rollers from the sea stub
their toes and pitch headlong in foam-crested torrents
across the lagoon and on to the white coral sand of the
Here the fresh, clean sea brine scarcely varies in
temperature from 78 degrees the year round. In this
luxurious bath children play
every day in the year for hours at a time, while "grown-ups"
share the sport with all of a child's enthusiasm.
Waikiki is the safest popular bathing place anywhere.
There is no undertow; and the smooth, sandy beach slopes
gradually outward, rising again as the edge of the reef is
approached. Here one has no fear of sharks, those tigers of
the sea, which never cross the ragged edge of the reef into
the quiet waters of the lagoon.
Here one finds water of depth suited to his fancy.
Only at Waikiki Beach may one witness and partake in the
remarkable sports of surf-canoeing and surf-board riding,
the most exhilarating and fascinating sports in the world.
In canoeing, one dons a bathing suit, and in one of the
graceful outrigger canoes is paddled by skillful natives out
to the edge of the reef, where, when the frail craft is
neatly turned before an incoming breaker, it is caught up
like a feather on the inclined plane of the front of the
wave, and hurtled shoreward in a cloud of spray at express
train speed, ofttimes to the gleaming sands of the shore
Considerable skill is required in performing this same feat
on a light board instead of a canoe.
The swimmer pushes his board out through the breakers, and
then lies upon it, facing the shore.
Selecting a suitable wave, he paddles furiously in order to
attain momentum, until overtaken by the wave, when, if his
skill is what it should be, he will be propelled shoreward
like a chip in a mill-race.
Adepts are able to kneel, and even stand upright upon their
frail support after the exciting ride has been begun, but
the novice does not do this with signal success for some
In fact, it is no easy trick to ride a wave at all, and
capsizes are many for the beginner.
The native Hawaiians have practised surfing since
prehistoric times, but at present white boys and men, and
even a few women, are close rivals for the honors of first
place with them, and daily an animated crowd of surfers seek
this lovely beach.
(Photographs: WAIKIKI BEACH, HONOLULU'S
GREAT BATHING RESORT)
CANOEING AT WAIKIKI
ON THE SURF BOARDS AT
WAIKIKI, COPYRIGHT BY R. K. Bonine
BURTON HOLMES, THE
WELL-KNOWN LECTURER, AND FRIENDS SURF
CANOEING AT WAIKIKI