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Hui Nalu, Beachboys, and the Surfing Boarder-lands of Hawai‘i

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Title: Hui Nalu, Beachboys, and the Surfing Boarder-lands of Hawai‘i
Authors: Walker, Isaiah Helekunihi
Keywords: Hawai‘i
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LC Subject Headings: Oceania -- Periodicals.
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Citation: Walker, I. H. 2008. Hui Nalu, Beachboys, and the Surfing Boarder-lands of Hawai‘i. Special issue, The Contemporary Pacific 20 (1): 89-113.
Abstract: In this article I argue that the Hawaiian conceptual, cultural, and physical space
called po‘ina nalu (surf zone) was a borderland (or boarder-land) where colonial
hegemony was less effectual and Hawaiian resistance continuous. Through
the history of Hawaiian surfi ng clubs, specifi cally the Hui Nalu and the Waikïkï
beachboys, Hawaiian male surfers both subverted colonial discourses—discourses
that represented most Hawaiian men as passive, unmanly, and nearly
invisible—and confronted political haole (white) elites who overthrew Hawai‘i’s
Native government in the late 1800s. My ultimate conclusion is that the ocean
surf was a place where Hawaiian men negotiated masculine identities and successfully
resisted colonialism.
ISSN: 1043-898X
Appears in Collections:TCP [The Contemporary Pacific ], 2008 - Volume 20, Number 1

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