The word “surf” in Hawaiian is he’e nalu, which loosely translates to “sliding on a wave” and Waikiki may be the most famous place in the world to ride one.
Modern surfing is said to have originated in Hawaii and specifically in Waikiki. Ancient Ali’i or or chiefs would ride waves in Waikiki centuries ago on large alaia or wooden surfboards about 10-12 ft. long for the pristine waves. Surfing isn’t reserved for royalty anymore, but some of the people in this image are practically modern surfing royalty now:
The surfers pointed out are some of the best longboarders in the world. Queens is their playground and no matter the waves big or small, you’ll usually catch a glimpse of one of them hanging ten out there.
This photo was specifically taken at Queens Break, one of the two popular most breaks in Waikiki for it’s consistent long ridable wave. A fun fact for you, Queen Liliuokalani had a home where the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort is located today. The Queen’s Trust still owns that land and leases it to the resort. But anyway, Queens Break is directly in front of this property. The bright turquoise blue water is because there’s very white sand beneath the surface of the water and on a sunny day it reflects back up creating this incredible glowing turquoise blue.