c. allen : little folks of honolulu,
Wm. C. Allen :
Little Folks of Honolulu, 1920
Allen, Wm. C.: The Little Folks of Honolulu The Sailors' Magazine and Seamen's Friend.
American Seamen's Friend Society, New York.
Volume 92 Number 1, January 1920
Introduction Wm. C. Allen's article first appeared in The
Christian Intelligencer, circa 1919?
Children's Page The Little Folks of Honolulu
I have been asked to write a short article for my young
friends about the children of Honolulu.
If you look at the map you will find that the
Hawaiian Islands, in which the city of Honolulu is
situated, are in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
These Islands have high mountains, gardens full of
lovely flowers, winding roadways, rocks and sandy
beaches upon which the great ocean thunders its
They are very beautiful. ...
One of the sports of Honolulu, engaged in by expert
swimmers, is surf-board bathing.
This is very exciting.
Some of the boys of the islands - especially the
native Hawaiians - learn the art when quite young.
A lad, say fifteen years of age, will get a surf-board about eighteen
inches wide and six feet long, made exactly the right
shape for the purpose.
He goes out into the surf
and learns how to get on the board face down, and be
carried along on the crest of a wave toward the land,
catching the wave just in time to do so.
Meanwhile he paddles and steers with his hands.
After a while he learns something still more
difficult, which is to stand up while the surf-board is being whirled
along on top of a big breaker.
If he tumbles off the board,
as of course he does many, many times, until he
becomes proficient, he swims to it, grasps it, and
makes another effort.
As he becomes older and more expert, he ventures out
into the deeper sea, far from land, where he learns
to travel in this wonderful fashion, possibly fully a
quarter of a mile or more, standing up on the board all the time in
- Wm. C. Allen in
The Christian Intelligencer.
The Sailors' Magazine and
Friend Society, New York.
Volume 92 Number 1, January