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Apuakehau Stream and Waikiki Beachboys
Waikiki Historic Trail Marker 11

Marker 11 on the Waikiki Historic Trail is entitled "Apuakehau Stream and Waikiki Beachboys" and it is located on the beach, just off the patio of Duke's Restaurant in the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel.

Apuakehau Stream and Waikiki Beachboys
Copyright ґ Kathleen Walling Fry

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Description Printed on the Marker


The Apuakehau Stream Circa 1908 was a Favored Spot for Impromptu Evening Concerts by the Early Waikiki Beachboys.

The largest of Waikiki's three main streams emptied into the sea near where you stand today. The Apuakehau (literally, "basket of dew") flowed through the middle of Waikiki between the ancient areas known as Ulukou and Helumoa until the 1920s. Its waters, which flowed down from Manoa and Palolo Valleys, were then diverted into the Ala Wai Canal.

Apuakehau had always been a favorite spot for the ali'i who enjoyed its cool, clear waters after swimming in the ocean. The mouth of the stream carved out a channel in the ocean bottom that is said to have been the ancient surfing area called Kalehuawehe.

The original Outrigger Canoe Club located at this site was formed in 1908 to perpetuate the ocean sports of surfing and canoe paddling. A rival club, the Hui Nalu ("club of the waves") was formed by Duke Kahanamoku and other Haiwaiians and part-Hawaiians in 1911. Many of its members became the first beachboys.

This area was once a favorite spot for Waikiki's beachboys, a group of men whose lives were a definitive part of Waikiki's romantic past. Known by lively nicknames such as Steamboat, Turkey, Splash, Colgate and Panama, these water sports enthusiasts were instructors, companions, musicians, and goodwill ambassadors. Their clients included Hollywood celebrities and royalty. Today, beachboys are licensed by the State of Hawai'i to teach surfing and other water sports and must be qualified in life-saving skills. Here on Waikiki Beach they continue the traditions of this unique and colorful profession.

This marker is sponsored by Duke's Canoe Club Waikiki and Outrigger Waikiki Hotel.

See also:
- Other Sites on the Waikiki Historic Trail
- Photos of the Waikiki Historic Trail
- History of the Waikiki Historic Trail
- Introduction to the Waikiki Historic Trail
- Downtown Honolulu Historic Tour
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