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The Mid-Pacific Magazine : Photographs, Hawaii, 1919

Various: Photographs.
The Mid-Pacific Magazine
Published by Alexander Hume Ford, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii,
Volume 18, Number 4, October,1919.


One illustration and a selection of retrospective photographs from Waikiki, some published previously, and dating back to 1907.
Captions by A.H. Ford, who includes several of the Outrigger Club, in 1919 with
some twelve hundred members ... the largest club in Hawaii.

Page  302

Surfboard riding in Hawaii is the thrilling sport of hundreds who
have learned to perform the feat in the warm waters at Waikiki
where it is always summer.

A coloured version was later printed in
The Mid-Pacific Magazine
Published by Alexander Hume Ford, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii,
Volume 25, Number 5, 1923, inside cover.

1923 Mid-Pacific Magazine : Surfboard Riding in Hawaii.

Page 303

The trick of standing on the surfboard as it is hurled before the
wave is the quick lightening like agility necessary to rise to the
feet at perfect balance.

First printed in
A.H. Ford: Freeth Will Ride Atlantic Rollers!
The Hawaiian Gazette.
Honolulu, June 28, 1907, page 6.

Although accredited to Ford, the photograph is by Edward P. Urwin.

Page 304

Children of five and six years of age own and operate their surf
boards at Waikiki.
They begin in the small surf that sweeps
up to the beach and later tackle the big rollers on the reef.

Page 305

Sometimes the wave is caught a mile out at sea and
a skilful surfer may hold his wave, standing on his
board, until it touches the beach and he steps ashore.

Page 306.a

Far out at sea the expert guides his board with perfect ease once he has caught his wave.

Not reproduced from this magazine,
 and actually
A.R. Gurrey Jr.: 

Duke Kahanamoku, Waikiki, 1910.

Initially appearing as an advertising logo,
it was included in Gurrey's 
Surf Riders of Hawaii.
Honolulu, 1911-1914.

And as the cover photograph of
The Mid-Pacific Magazine
Volume 1, Number 1. 
Alexander Hume Ford, 
 Honolulu,  January, 1911.

Page 306.b

Near the beach the gentlest ripples
are made to carry the surf board rider
 a few hundred yards towards shore.

Page 307

The surfboard of today is far larger than
the board of a decade ago
then a board
eight feet long would have been scorned
as fit only
for the new-comer, but it is easy
 to ride so has been generally adopted.

Film strip shot by Burton Holmes, circa 1908.
See page 309.

Page 308

Second only to the surfboard in Hawaii is the outrigger canoe
carved from the native Koa wood, a lost art today, although a
number of canoes survive.

Page 309

Burton Holmes is seen here in the canoe that carried him a mile
before one great roller before which sped other canoes and
many surfboards with their riders.

Page 310

This is the beginning of the Outrigger Canoe Club some ten years ago when grass houses served
the bathers and an unimproved beach a resting
 place for ca

Page 311

The modern hotel at Waikiki grows larger and larger but the ancient Hawaiian outrigger canoe still holds its own as the only pleasure craft that survives in the surf at Waikiki.

Page 312.a

It is the ambition of every boy at Waikiki
 to learn to guide an outrigger canoe
the big waves.

Page 312.b

The small boy at Waikiki also learns
 to sail his outrigger canoe and
 becomes an adept.

Page 313.a

Less than a decade ago at Waikiki
the grass house and the native
canoe were seen side by side.

Page 313.b

Today at Waikiki modern roofing is
built over Koa canoes that grow
more valuable as the years fly by.

Page 314

Surfboard riding has been revived by the
Outrigger Club at Waikiki.

There are some twelve hundred members,
men, women and children

It is the largest club in Hawaii.

Page 314
Duke Kahanamoku, the world's champion swimmer,
is also the champion among surfboard riders, he is
 seen here with a junior member of the Outrigger
Club at Waikiki.on his shoulders, riding the waves.

Originally published as

Copyright 1910 A.R. Gurrey Jr.
Kahanamoku, Duke Paoa: Riding the Surfboard.
The Mid-Pacific Magazine
Published by Alexander Hume Ford, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii,
Volume 1, Number 1, January,1911, page 2.
Desoto Brown noted: "Duke (presumably) with boy on his shoulders (identified in another copy of this photo in our collection as Charlie Little.

The Mid-Pacific Magazine 
Published by Alexander Hume Ford,
Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, 
Volume 18, Number 4, October,1919.


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