North Shore Surf and Cultural Museum
The North Shore Surf and Cultural Museum was established in 1993 in Haleiwa, Hawaii. The Haleiwa Surf Museum is located in the North Shore Marketplace in the Strong Current Surf Shop. The museum is free and contains surf memorabilia from the 1960s. There are surfboards, pictures, and videos that chronicle the history of this spectacular sport. This museum is a great destination for any surf fans or tourists wanting to see a huge part of Hawaii's history and culture.
Backstory and Context
A model of the long-gone Art Deco facade from the Haleiwa Theater shows surf movies all day long. At the North Shore Surf Museum, you can explore surfing's history from the days when it was a sport reserved for Hawaiian royalty, through Duke Kahanamoku and the early 20th-century popularity of the sport. Surfing's place in pop culture is immortalized with posters of beachgoers like Frankie Avalon and Sandra Dee. And real-life world champions appear in classic photography by renowned photographer LeRoy Grannis. The first-ever snowboard is also on display here.
The history of this fabulous sport is chronicled here. While you are visiting Hawaii, this museum is the perfect place to soak up even more of its culture. The North Shore is already notorious for its huge waves and incredible surfing history, and this museum captures all of its glory. With free admission, visiting the North Shore Surf and Cultural Museum is a no brainer.