Historic photos of Waikiki Beach Boys to be exhibited at iconic hotel

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Royal Hawaiian partnered with Matson Navigation Company to present the "Waikiki Beach Boys" exhibit, showcasing a collection of rarely seen photographs of legendary Waikiki Beach Boys on Oahu in front of the iconic resort.

The exhibit will open to the public on July 9. The prized images reveal archived photos of renowned watermen in the late 1920s to the late 1940s interacting with guests who stayed at The Royal Hawaiian and Hawaii.

The exhibit will be on display at the resort's Coronet Lounge until December 31, 2013 with no admission fee.

This rare collection of photographs features well-known beach boys including Chick Daniels, Duke Kahanamoku, Sam Kahanamoku, David Kahanamoku, Louis Kahanamoku, Sargent Kahanamoku, Sally Hale, Tom Blake, Pua Kealoha, Panama Dave, Curly Cornwell, a variety of Matson surf posters, and more.

Starting in the mid-1920s, visitors from all over the world began arriving at Aloha Tower on Matson passenger ships and vacationing at The Royal Hawaiian enjoying the exotic wonders offered on Waikiki Beach including surf and canoe lessons provided by Waikiki Beach Boys.

Over 40 photographs will be presented on large canvas prints lining the walls of the Coronet Lounge.

Matson Navigation Company was instrumental in the development of tourism to Hawaii and the South Pacific. A fleet of Matson Lines cruise ships, the most famous being the S.S. Lurline, traveled from the mainland to Hawaii from the 1920s to 1960s. Matson built The Royal Hawaiian in 1927 so luxury accommodations were both available afloat and ashore.

Matson photographers took thousands of snapshots of the celebrities and world-class travelers who traveled on its ships and vacationed in Waikiki. Matson Navigation Company Archives encompass a vast collection of photographs and artwork from Matson Lines passenger and hotel era, 1920s to 1960s.

One man featured in the photos (pictured right) has not been identified. If you know his name, please call (808) 931-8409 or email diana.su@starwoodhotels.com.

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