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Lieut. R.C. Wriston : Surfing and Beaches, Hawaii, 1926.

Extracts and photographs from
Wriston, Lieut. R.C.:
Hawaii Today
Doubleday, Page & Co., Garden City, N.Y., 1926.


Wriston, Roscoe C., (1895- )

Page II

Lieut. R.C
Wriston, A.S., and his observer, Sergeant Richard Agnew, just after the first volcano flight.

Page VII


The author of "Hawaii To-day" has made an enviable record as an officer in the Air Service and in his chosen specialty, Aerial Photography.
He was publicly commended before troops and in orders for "services above and beyond the ordinary demands of duty" by Major General Charles P. Summerall, Department Commander.
His flights on photographic missions have carried him to every section of the Islands.
He made the first flight to Kilauea Volcano, the first flight by. airplane to the Islands of Kahoolawe, Lanai, Niihau, and Kaula Rock,
and still holds the record as the only man to have visited all the islands of the group by airplane.
His studies in connection with his work eminently fit him for the task he has completed, and his work is heartily recommended to those interested in our island territory.

Major General, U.S.A. Chief of Air Service.

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[At Waikiki}
It is not too late for a swim; so we hurry out to the hotel, change, and seek the water.
The beach is nothing wonderful in itself; we have seen many better.
But the surf is wonderful and the water clear and cool.
The surf-riding, both in outriggers and on surfboards is a pleasure to watch and a thrill to participate in, and we register a vow to acquire the art before we leave.
We are soon to learn that Waikiki, popular though it is because of its nearness to the city, does not hold a candle to the perfect beaches of the windward side of the island with their fine sand and freedom from coral.

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The most excitng sport in Hawaii, surf-riding.

This is done, either on boards as in the illustration, or in outrigger canoes.
Surfing is an art hard to master.
Native experts can ride a single ware on a long diagonal for at least a mile. (Photo by Honolulu Advertiser.)

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Kaimu has a wonderful big beach of pure black volcanic sand with a large grove of coconuts for a background.
The surf is good, but at times the undertow is dangerous.
Both Kaimu and Kalapana, which is a mile down the beach, are purely Hawaiian villages where the natives live more nearly in accordance with their ancient customs than anywhere else in the Islands with the possible exception of Niihau.

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The city of Hilo, metropolis of the island of Hawaii.
It has a good beach of dense black volcanic sand.

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Haliewa, a beach on windward Oahu, particularly popular with the Army, as it is the nearest beach to Schofield Barracks.

Page 142

Swimming and Surfing
Bathing suit and towel at bath houses on Waikiki Beach, 35c.
Surf boards, 50c. each, per day.
Visitors' cards for the Outrigger Canoe Club, Waikiki, $I.25 a month for women, and $2 a month for men.
Surfing in outrigger canoes, $1 per passenger per hour.
Minimum charge $2.

Wriston, Lieut. R.C.:
Hawaii Today
Doubleday, Page & Co., Garden City, N.Y., 1926.


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