Queens for a Day

Waikiki Magazine - - IPLAY - By Waikiki Team

ueen Lili‘uokalani had a beach house and pier at what is now re­ferred to as Queens Beach in Waikiki. Duke Ka­hanamoku made surf­ing here fa­mous, spend­ing the sun­lit days “own­ing” the break that churned just 75 yards from shore—all of which paved the way for it to be­come one of the world’s most fa­mous beaches and surf spots of all time.

(A statue of pro­claim­ing him “Fa­ther of In­ter­na­tional Surf­ing,” Duke Ka­hanamoku re­sides over­look­ing the break, and is of­ten draped in lei.) A gen­tle, per­fect curl­ing, right-hand (mov­ing right, fac­ing shore) wave, Queens is great for begin­ners, yet a draw to ex­pe­ri­ence lo­cal surfers who flock to it’s per­fec­tion. The in­side (clos­est to shore) sec­tion can be teem­ing with for keiki, usu­ally learn­ing the ropes of surf­ing.

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photo: haWaii tourism author­ity (hta) / tor john­son

Queens Beach is a pop­u­lar south shore spot for surfers.

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