Surfing — an ancient Hawaiian tradition known to locals as “he’e nalu” — dates back to the late 1770s. However, it wasn’t until Hawaii became a state in 1959, and movies like Gidget Goes Hawaiian and The Endless Summer came out, that surfing in Hawaii became popular.
In the 1960s, Waikiki Beach in Honolulu became a popular tourist attraction for beginning surfers because of its long, rolling waves and smooth shore. Pictured above, a group of surfers in the 60s perform stunts on the famous beach. In the background stands Diamond Head — an extinct volcanic crater that was named a Hawaii state monument in 1962 and a national natural landmark in 1968.
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