Sunday, February 27, 2011

Hawaii back in the day......1890's to be specific....

SURF'S UP, 1890's style !!

I am a fan of all things HAWAII and having lived there for an extended period, I enjoy both the history of Hawaii but also the culture.

I am glad to see that the history of what was Hawaii has been preserved in pictures...To have stood on the shore of Waikiki back before the hotels and see what true Hawaii looked like in the day must have been special.....

Hawaii 1890: Is this the first ever picture of a surfer about to ride the waves in the 19th century?
By Daily Mail Reporter
27th February 2011

Long before Kelly Slater was picking up World Champion titles for his surfing prowess, the sport was being followed by Hawaiian natives in the 19th century.

And now the first ever picture of a surfer has been found in a photo album that dates back to 1890.

The muscled Hawaiian beach boy is photographed wearing a traditional loin cloth and shown standing in the shallows holding his rudimentary board.

Missionaries who went to the island after Captain Cook's death there in 1789 virtually stamped out all surfing in Hawaii because they thought it ungodly.

It survived in small pockets and this strapping surfer was clearly keeping up the tradition and the picture has survived and is now up for sale.

Two albums full of snaps have been submitted for auction and other subjects include pictures of topless native women from Hawaii and Fiji – and the pre-sale estimate is £10,000.

It is unclear who owned the albums, although it is thought that whoever it was acquired them during their travels around the globe.

Photography was able to bring the exotic back home and at the same time record history.

They were bought by a private dealer at a house clearance many years ago and he is now selling them.

Other photos include some of Hawaiin Royalty including King Kalakaua - who died in 1891 - Queen Liliuokalani and Princess Kaiulani.

In total there are 100 photographs, 20 from Fiji, and they record the characters and scenes that Britons found so intriguing to look at.

Chris Albury, from Dominic Winter auctions near Cirencester, Gloucs, which is selling the albums on Thursday, said: 'These are very interesting albums.

'And what does stand out is the photograph of the surfer which we think was taken in about 1890 and is one of the earliest photos taken of a surfer.

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