The Myth California protests (pictured above and to the right) gained momentum in Santa Cruz throughout the 1980s. Photos by Dan Coyro.
Fit for Royalty
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The princes surfed on custom-made boards fashioned from Santa Cruz Mountains redwood lumber.
the meeting point of the Pacific Ocean and the San Lorenzo River reliably produced rolling breakers similar to those along Waikiki in Honolulu—familiar surf turf for the three young princes. After their mainland surfing debut was documented by the Santa Cruz Daily Surf newspaper in 1885, the boys stayed another few years in California (surely surfi ng many more times in Santa Cruz), fi nished their
schooling, and returned to their island home. They took their boards with them, kicking off a trend of California redwood being shipped to Hawaii for surfboard creation. Edward died shortly after returning to Hawaii, but Jonah and David went on to travel and spread surfi ng to the United Kingdom and other parts of the world, both developing long, varied careers and making significant contributions to Hawaiian cul-
ture, history and politics. Their Santa Cruz redwood O’lo surfboards, however, like so many of the toys and mementos of childhood, seemed to fade into their past. Until, that is, one day late in 2010 when Kristin Zambucka, author of five books on the Hawaiian monarchy and one of those instrumental in celebrating the royal nephews with a monument at the Santa Cruz Surfi ng Museum, spotted a distinctive
The boards were in the o’lo style, a shape reserved for Hawaiian royalty. They clocked in between 17 and 18 feet in length and 150 and 175 pounds in heft. Prince Jonah’s board has a rounded front tip and Prince David’s has a pointed tip. Myth California organizer Ann
See ’em to believe ’em: The Simonton dresses up as "Miss Museum of Art & History will Steak" in protest of beauty have these boards, as well as pageant culture. Photo by Paul other artifacts of the princes’ Schraub. historic surfing venture, on display through Oct. 25. A view of the beach in Santa Cruz in the 1880s. Photo: Courtesy of the MAH 34 | SANTA CRUZ WAVES
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