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Waves of ResistanceSurfing and History in Twentieth-Century Hawaii$
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Isaiah Helekunihi Walker

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834623

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834623.001.0001

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Hui Nalu, Outrigger, and Waikīkī Beachboys

Hui Nalu, Outrigger, and Waikīkī Beachboys

(p.57) Chapter 3 Hui Nalu, Outrigger, and Waikīkī Beachboys
Waves of Resistance

Isaiah Helekunihi Walker

University of Hawai'i Press

In the 1930s many Hui Nalu surfers began moonlighting as Waikīkī Beachboys—essentially Hui Nalu surfers turned popular surf instructors. Through their interactions with visiting celebrities and other tourists, the Beachboys became fashionable playboys who often shared intimate relationships with white women and made a decent living in the process. Although racist discourses and American laws discouraged much of this type of behavior on land, ka po'ina nalu (the surf zone) was a unique place where Hawaiians, Beachboys in particular, regularly and visibly broke through colonial social categories. This chapter first charts the historic contestations between Hui Nalu and Outrigger surfers. It then analyzes the ways Beachboys flipped images of Hawaiian men in the surf. In the end, Hui Nalu surfers, like the chiefs of old, remained atop the social hierarchy in the waves.

Keywords:   Hui Nalu surfers, Outrigger surfers, Hawaiian surfers, surfing, Waikiki Beachboys, surf instructors, Hawaiian men

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