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The Art of Surfing

Surfing in Waikiki

Hawaii, with its origin of modern surfing, is known for having some of the best waves in the world.   The strong surf culture in Hawaii continues to grow, with Hawaii’s very own Carissa Moore taking the gold medal for the women’s surf category in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan.


As Halekulani continues to celebrate the Hawaiian culture and island surroundings, our new surf program, the Art of Surfing, allows our guests so much more than just learning to “riding a wave.” Our team of expert watermen, with a combined total of over 65 years of water sport experience, provide guests with an understanding and appreciation of the Hawaiian waters.

Our surfing experience is tailored to the individual and their abilities. Guests will learn the anatomy of a wave, how to read the waves, and how to focus the energy and power of the wave to propel them to surf.  Balance and confidence are learned through repetition, however the sport of surf itself is a science. Our watermen teach you the different surfing conditions and how the various moon phases, which change daily, affect the waves, and provide you with a board curated and hand shaped exclusively for the Waikiki waves.  Throughout the lesson, our team will share historical facts and provide insight so guests can have fun and learn at the same time.  For children 13 years and under, these classes provide a solid foundation to surfing.

For those who are not ready to commit to a class, we do offer daily complimentary surf and stand-up paddleboard demonstrations on the beach in front of Halekulani.

In addition, we are pleased to introduce our new “Board Spa,” the first of its kind, where guests can leave their boards at the hotel.  Prior to the guest’s next arrival, our team will have the board ready and waiting for your next wave (take off the old wax, fix any surf dings, and rewax the board).


For more information, please visit The Art of Surfing.

For related stories, please visit the following links:  Shape Shifter and Riding High.

Share your surf experiences with us on social media by tagging @Halekulanihotel.

Duke Kahanamoku Statue in Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
Surfing in Waikiki
View of Waikiki from Halekulani Balcony

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