Early Photography: Surfing

Early Photography of Hawaiian Surfing

Welcome to our collection of early photography of Hawaiian surfing. We see surfing as being at the center of the Hawaii’s relationship with the ocean and its all-consuming ethos. The kaona (hidden) meaning of “he’e nalu” (wave-sliding) touches upon a parallel universe that’s replete with meaning that most have little acquaintance with.

early photography of Hawaii: surfing

Hawawa ka heenalu, hai ka papa. – The awkward person breaks the board in riding on the surf. (Applied to those who undertake something with which they are not familiar.)

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early photography of Hawaii: surfing