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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.
"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
"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
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.
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
"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 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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.)
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
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
Surfboards can be had for 25 cents per afternoon or morning
and surfing canoes, properly manned, for $1 per person per
These can be arranged for at the Moana Hotel.
See "Outrigger Club."
THE OUTRIGGER CLUB, organized in 1908, has a beautiful
location at Waikiki Beach between the Moana and Seaside
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
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.
THE HUl NALU CLUB is a men's club for the fostering of
swimming and surfing with its headquarters at the Moana
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