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Surf Bathing Lahaina 1855

Water Colour by James Gay Sawkins (1806-1878)

Bathing scene, Lahaina, Maui. Water colour. 1855. James Gay Sawkins. A very rare image that illustrates both canoe and board surf-riding, with several sailing canoes in the background. Although the riders positioning is unfortunate, this is typical of many images of this period. The activity is communal, with small prone boards on a small left-hand break close to shore. The board-riders appear to be female, note the swimmer in the right foreground who has her breasts covered. This possibly indicates the image as an authentic report, whereas some images significantly detail this feature.

Olo Surfboard 1818

Prime Minister Kalanimoku and his Olo surfboard, Circa 1818

Prime Minister Kalanimoku standing in the doorway of one of his houses in the company of his wife Likelike, shown with her right arm raised and about to strike a sheet of kapa. In the foreground is an Olo board, the largest of the Hawaiian wood surfboards. Reserved for royalty, they ranged in size from 1.8 to 8 meters. Kalanimoku was the High Chief of the Hawaiian Kingdom during the reigns of Kamehameha I, Kamehameha II, and Kamehameha III. From the Bishop Museum, Engraving Circa 1819. Artist: Marie Joseph Alphonse Pellion.

There is a long history of Surfing in Hawaii.

Surfing was an important cultural and social pastime. Surfing’s Historical-Cultural Impact includes Hawaiian Language vocabulary specific to surfing, Ole, and Mele, Prayers, and legends. Historical figures from the modern age, like Princess Liliokalani, were surfers. And many Ali’i surfed. We have many examples of well-preserved surfboards of various ages dating back to the earliest times. Hawaiian history, culture and society and intimately connected to the sport and art form of Surfing. Surfing in Lahaina is also well documented and was home to surfing (168 years ago) for all social classes including Royalty. Surfing continues until the modern-day and represents an unbroken Hawaiian traditional practice, that characterizes the Hawaiian’s love, respect, and mastery of the ocean.

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Access to Instruction

Access to Instruction:

The County rules were setup to allow the people who most need instruction to have access to instruction. If someone wants an instructor or lesson then they should have access to them. Because people are going to go into the ocean with or without instructors. Many people are totally unaware of the inherent risks of engaging in an ocean recreation activity. So the ones that ask for instruction, are the ones who probably need it the most, and they should be allowed access to it. If you limit access to instruction, you are giving people no choice but to go out on their own. And nobody wants to create a situation that will force more unqualified people into the ocean.

Public Safety

Public Safety Issues:

The life-protecting actions of the County’s Cora program can not be overstated. It was previously estimated that County’s Ocean Recreation Activity program (cora) provided a free added benefit worth about 3.5 million dollars a year in quasi-lifeguarding services, in part because all the county-regulated instructors are also trained first responders, and they are deployed at many of the beaches where lifeguards are not present. These instructors are often highly experienced experts in their fields and sports, so they are able to quickly assess risk and avert potential problems. And many times the instructors were able to provide timely interventions and also give the general public specific advice to help people from making bad decisions, which could have tragic consequences.