Introduction A report on the
attractions of Waikiki, with high praise for the local
surf-riders who are a fine set of men in physique and
looks, literally live on the beach, givelessons
in everything from swimming to eating poi, and play at night in a musical band.Page 32
A Few Months in Honolulu J.
SHALL never forget my first visit to Honolulu; it was
in 1898, in the month of April.
I remained there
only over the night, as I was on my way to Japan to see
one of their greatest celebrations—the thirtieth
anniversary of the changing of the capital from Kioto to
Last year, when I arrived in February just before the
carnival, it was quite impossible to get accommodations,
and I wandered around a while until a kind bachelor took
me in, and I remained with him until I was fortunate
enough to secure a little cottage at Waikiki.
Of course, the great sport is on the beach and in the
water, and from one o'clock in the afternoon until almost
dark, the beach at Waikiki is crowded with bathers and sun
The water is warm all the year round - Christmas and New
Year's is celebrated in the ocean - and even if the beach
is small and coral is everywhere, you cannot get away from
the loveliness of it all.
Surfboard riding is wonderfully interesting, also the surf
boats or outriggers which can be hired, and there are
always boys on the beach to give you lessons in everything
from swimming to eating poi.
They are a fine set of men in physique and looks, and they
literally live on the beach, excepting at night when most
of them play in the many musical bands on this island.
All said and done, the Hawaiian Islands are there to stay,
and I never pick up my little ukulele that happy memories
are not brought back of moonlight and sunlight, blue water
and the countless other attractions that make one long to
Wright, J. Dunbar: A
Few Months in Honolulu Motor Travel Automobile
Club of America, New
Volume 8 Number 9, February 1917.