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Waikiki Marker / HistoricTrail
Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, stands Waikiki Marker which is shaped like a surfboard. The marker stands on the mouth of an old stream known as Kuekauanhi which translates to “take off the lehua”. Waikiki itself means “spouting water” which was most likely named because it is made up of a huge marshland that is fed by many streams. Waikiki has been a popular spot for surfing since ancient times. Chiefs used to make their homes and headquarters here. Even though it is often referred to as “the sport of kings”, “everyone surfs!”. 1
It was believed that surfing took people away from religious obligations, such as worship. Therefore, the sport saw a great decline by 1900. However, there are some massive waves to behold at Waikiki. The swells range in height from two to eight feet. One ride could go a hundred yards or so. “The longest ride recorded took place in 1917 when the great Duke Kahanamoku caught a 35-foot wave and rode it to shore, a distance of a mile and a quarter.” Before his great achievement at surfing, Kahanamoku was an Olympic Champion. “He introduced surfing to Australia and demonstrated the sport up and down the California Coast”. 1
A Historic Trail also begins near the Waikiki Marker. This is a walking trail that can be led by a tour guide. “It highlights twenty-three historic sites” within Waikiki. Along the trail, some of the historic sites are marked with surfboard-shaped markers. 2 Dr. George Kanahele, an author/historian, created the Waikiki Historic Trail. Kanahele is passionate about Waikiki’s past and wanted to create the trail so others would know the, mostly unknown, history and importance of the area. 3
Sources1. "Waikiki Marker." Waikiki Marker. Web. 12 Feb. 2015. http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=73119. 2. "Guide to the Waikiki Historic Trail Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii." Guide to the Waikiki Historic Trail. Web. 12 Feb. 2015. http://www.hawaiiforvisitors.com/oahu/attractions/waikiki-historic-trail.htm. 3. "Waikiki Historic Trail." Aloha and Welcome to Waikiki.com. Web. 12 Feb. 2015. http://waikiki.com/waikiki-historic-trail.html.
Honolulu, HI 96815
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