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ANCIENT HAWAIIAN SURFBOARDS

Volume 1, Chapter 3

Ancient Hawaiian Surfboards ebooklet Four different types of surfboards came out of the Polynesian settlement of Hawai`i and Hawaiian culture. This occurred during the period of the Long Voyages (300-1000 A.D.), when Hawaii was reached by Polynesian voyagers from Hiva around 300 A.D. Hawaiian surfboards had their beginning around or after this time. It is unknown how much the Hawaiian boards stemmed from the Polynesian.

The four types of Hawaiian surfboards were, in order of their length: the Olo, Kiko`o, Alaia and Paipo. This chapter documents as much as is known about these boards and comprises the world's most complete information on the subject.

The LEGENDARY SURFERS booklet on Ancient Hawaiian Surfboards focuses strictly on the boards, their construction, composition and rituals surrounding their making and dedication. It is enhanced with additional material and images which make this ebooklet the best and most detailed single source on the Hawaiian surfboard of the pre-European contact period.

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CONTENTS of What You Will Receive:

  • Papa He`e Nalu
  • The Olo
  • The Kiko`o
  • The Alaia
  • The Paipo
  • Wood Types, Collection, Shaping and Rituals
  • Board Consecration and Ceremonies

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