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If you’ve heard of Duke Kahanamoku, then you’ve surely heard of the Waikiki Beach Boys. Hawaii’s first ambassadors of aloha will be remembered with a debut of rare photos at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.
The collection of archival photographs were taken circa 1920s to ‘40s and depicts the Boys during their glory days. Matson Navigation Company handpicked 30 out of the thousands of photos in its collection to post up for the exhibition. It will include original surf posters and line the walls of the hotel’s Coronet Lounge.
The exhibit starts in July and ends in December. Hotel guests or visitors strolling through the “Pink Palace of the Pacific,” as the Royal Hawaiian is also called, can peruse through the gallery free of charge.
The rare photos will make their debut a few weeks after International Surfing Day, an unofficial celebration of the sport that was established about nine years ago by Surfing Magazine and The Surfrider Foundation. International Surfing Day is on June 20th.