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Waves of Resistance: Surfing and History in Twentieth-Century Hawaii

Isaiah Helekunihi Walker


Surfing has been a significant sport and cultural practice in Hawai'i for more than 1,500 years. In the last century, facing increased marginalization on land, many Native Hawaiians have found refuge, autonomy, and identity in the waves. This book argues that throughout the twentieth century Hawaiian surfers have successfully resisted colonial encroachment in the po'inanalu (surf zone). The struggle against foreign domination of the waves goes back to the early 1900s, shortly after the overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom, when proponents of this political seizure helped establish the Outrigger C ... More

Keywords: surfing, Hawai'i, Native Hawaiians, Hawaiian surfers, surf zone, foreign domination, colonialism, Waikiki, Hui Nalu surfers, resistance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780824834623
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834623.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Isaiah Helekunihi Walker, author
Brigham Young University-Hawaii