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schnack : aloha guide, 1915 

Ferdinand Schnack : Aloha Guide, 1915.

 Schnack, Ferdinand John Henry:
The Aloha Guide: The Standard Handbook of Honolulu and the Hawaiian Islands
Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 1915.

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[The Native Hawaiian]
Unusually musical, he is capable of learning to play any instrument by ear in a very brief time, and is seldom without his guitar or "ukulele" with which he accompanies his singing of the sweetly melancholy Hawaiian songs.
In fact, his life almost seems one round of laughter and song and happiness.
He is a natural born flsherman and from earliest times has been a seaman.
He is fond of athletic sports, whether they be upon the land or the water.
Surfriding was invented by him.
As a swimmer he has few peers, and numerous tales might be related of shipwrecked men and women swimming about in the ocean for incredible periods.
His physique is excellent and not often does one see such beautiful bodies and such splendid physical development as in the Hawaiian.
He is usually of more than average stature, broad shouldered, deep chested, and being muscular and strong, is in demand for heavy work, such as stevedoring, in which he shows great endurance.

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"As Honolulu is the natural center and distributing point, one forms his impressions from local climate conditions.
It may be said in general that the climate is the semi-tropical variety in which the mean extremes are never reached.

"Surf bathing and aquatic sports, pleasures which are known to comparatively so few people on the mainland are indulged in, particularly by children, in January and July alike.
In this latitude and longitude such conditions it is needless to say are unique and would be impossible were it not for the trade winds which keep intact health, comfort and commerce, and make out-of-door sports a part of the daily routine.
As every one may live constantly in the open air, the pleasures of those in good health are shared by health seekers. ... In short, I believe the influences in Hawaii offer the least resistance to bodily well being of any of the well known health resorts of the world.

Page 55

Sea-bathing in the Islands is unexcelled and there are many splendid sandy beaches everywhere.
Of the bathing at Waikiki Beach Sir Frederick Treves, Bart said:
"One great joy of Honolulu is the sea bathing, for nothing can surpass it.

Page 56

Those who find delight in this rudimentary pursuit must go to the Hawaiian Islands to understand it in its perfection.
It may be claimed that there is luxurious bathing on the Lido by Venice, or at Atlantic City, or on the coast between Cape Town and Durban.
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."
Seabathing in the Islands is delightful the year round, the average temperature of the water being 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

Surf-riding is as much the sport of modern Hawaii as it was of ancient Hawaiian royalty.
No visitor should leave the Islands without having participated in this popular and exhilarating pastime.
There are two methods, one in dugout outrigger canoes, requiring no exertion on the part of the rider, the other on the surf board, which requires considerable time and skill to master.
In the first the canoe is paddled by sturdy young Hawaiians out some distance from the shore (from ^ to ^ a mile) where, turned about, at the favorable moment it is skilfully guided before the crest of an oncoming comber and is by it borne shoreward at very great speed, much like a toboggan coming down the incline or a boat "shooting the chutes."
In surf-boarding a board, usually of red-wood, two or three inches thick, about two feet wide and from six to nine feet long, the front end or bow running to a point, is used.
Great skill is frequently attained on this.
Resting upon this board the rider will likewise be swiftly carried shoreward maneuvering at the crest of the foamy wave either lying flat on his stomach using his feet as a rudder, or kneeling and sometimes even standing up-right or upon his head.
Watching from the beach alone is interesting, but if the visitor has sufficient time to give there-to he may even essay and accomplish the feat himself.
See "Waikiki."
With all the opportunities that are offered Hawaii naturally has many excellent swimmers.
Duke Kahanamoku holds a number of world's records and there are many other local swimmers not far behind him.

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THE MOANA HOTEL is beautifully located at Waikiki Beach about 3 1/2 miles from town.
It is an attractive three-story frame building with spacious verandas on each floor, set in the midst of fine lawns and palm trees.
Sea bathing and surfing here are unexcelled.
The Waikiki cars pass the door.
The cuisine is the very best. It accommodates 175 guests.
Every Sunday evening a Hawaiian quintette furnishes music on the rear veranda.
American plan: $5 per day upward. (See adv. in back.)

Page 90

Who that has heard of Hawaii has not heard of Waikiki Beach?
The bathing and beach here are unsurpassed.
See "Sports" for general treatment and "Hotels" for beach hotels.
There are a number of bathing houses along the beach, the Moana and Seaside Hotels operating the largest.
Baths, including dressing room, box for valuables, suits and towels are 25 cents.
At the Public Baths bathing is free, dressing rooms and showers for both ladies and gentlemen being provided, but it being necessary to bring one's own suit and towels.
At the bath houses no suits are given out in the evening, so that moonlight swimming parties must make previous arrangements.
Surfboards can be had for 25 cents per afternoon or morning and surfing canoes, properly manned, for $1 per person per hour.
These can be arranged for at the Moana Hotel.
See "Outrigger Club."

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THE OUTRIGGER CLUB, organized in 1908, has a beautiful location at Waikiki Beach between the Moana and Seaside Hotels.
The club is for the enjoyment of sea-bathing and surfing and has over 400 members.
Membership is $5 and dues are $6 per year for senior and $5 for junior members.
The Women's Auxiliary occupies separate quarters on the same premises.
This also has a membership of 400, membership being $5 and dues $5 per year.
Visitors' cards granting the privileges of the club for not more than three months may be had at $1 per month.

Page 155

THE HUl NALU CLUB is a men's club for the fostering of swimming and surfing with its headquarters at the Moana Hotel Bathhouse.

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Tourists find in Haleiwa a hotel and surroundings that are different from anything on the mainland.

The service and cuisine compare with those of the best hotels anywhere and the location of the hostelry is such that it wins the admiration of the
guests at the moment of entrance.
The wide lanais appeal to those who seek comfort in the palm-laden islands of the Mid-Pacific.
Lovers of sea bathing find here a surf and sandy beach unequaled in the islands; and the golf links have attractions that cannot be swept aside by anyone
who has ever swung a "brassy."

The ride down is through a country as diversified in its scenic attractions as any place in the world, and for miles the tracks are along the sea where the grandest of all surfs is constantly in view.

Schnack, Ferdinand John Henry:
The Aloha Guide:
The Standard Handbook of Honolulu and the Hawaiian Islands
Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 1915.

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