If you’re looking for some adventure while you’re in Hawaii and want to learn the “Sport of Kings,” and an ancient Hawaiian tradition—Waikiki is the place. Long ago, chiefs in the South Pacific demonstrated their mastery by their skill in the high surf and by how they handled themselves in the water. The first Polynesians arrived in the Hawaiian Islands around the fourth century A.D. and were fantastic watermen and women.
The Hawaiian people did not have a written language until Europeans arrived in the 1700s so their stories were passed down through songs and chants, many of which included their surfing adventures. Boards were hand-crafted from the wood of indigenous trees. The art waned a bit for various cultural and historical reasons in the 1800s and was revived in Waikiki at the start of the 20th century when Duke Kahanamoku, “Ambassador of Aloha” won an Olympic gold medalist in 1912. A Waikiki Beach Boy, he traveled the world popularizing the sport of surfing—staying for a time in Southern California and serving as the inspiration for TV shows such as Gidget and music from The Beach Boys.
Today, surfing is an internationally recognized professional sport and industry. And while it is highly exciting watching these pros, it is a sport anyone can try right here in Waikiki. Vive has teamed up with locally-owned Gone Surfing Hawaii which specializes in private surf lessons for people of any age. Their goal is to provide an unforgettable experience for all of their students that will leave them wanting to come back for more time in the waves. They hope to see you in the waves soon!