congressional party in hawaii, 1907
F. Acheson : Congressional Party in Hawaii, 1907.
Acheson, Ernest Francis:
Congressional Party in Hawaii, May, 1907.
Letters Written by Ernest F. Acheson to the Washington
Observer Job Rooms,
Washington, Pa., 1907.
While Acheson's letters have no account of surfriding or even a
mention of visiting Waikiki, there are three images of George
Freeth included in the accompanying photographs.
Freeth was Alexander Hume Ford and Jack London's surfing
instructor, lauded in the later's famous article A Royal
Sport, and is often accredited with introducing surfboard
riding to California and the east coast of the US.
Acheson notes that
Hanalei Bay on Kauai is said to
afford the best bathing to be found anywhere in the Hawaiian
He writes of the islands' uninterrupted exposure to the
northern swells and on the Big Island he observes the beginning
of the construction of the breakwater at Hilo, which
destroyed a number of quality surf breaks that were said to
compare with Waikiki.
wikikpedia: Ernest Francis Acheson (1855-1917)
Distinctive Hawaiian Sport
D. Freeth, Champion Surfboard
Rider, on the Breakers
Kauai, the Garden Isle.
Lihue, Island of Kauai, Hawaii, May 11, 1907.
A day on the Island of Kauai was one of the delights of this
Kauai is the oldest island of the group geologically, and it was
the one upon which Captain Cook first set foot.
Leaving Honolulu at 9 o'clock yesterday evening, we arose at 6
to look out on the beauties of the eastern end of Kauai.
After sailing along its northern shore for two hours, we landed
This is in a little bay protected on three sides by hills, and
the beach is said to afford the best bathing to be found
anywhere in the
We were entertained for breakfast at the summer residence of
Albert S. Wilcox, a son of one of the early missionaries, who
came here from Danbury, Connecticut, in 1835.
The surf beats on the rocks at Laupahoehoe in a marvelous
To the north there is no land nearer than Alaska and the
The great ocean swells sweep in with resistless force even when
the air is calm.
A great storm a thousand miles away may cause a local
disturbance on this shore and the swells rise until they lift
landings which are 50 to 100 feet above the sea.
The landing and boat house here are in a little cove no larger
than a good sized room and can not be seen from the sea.
Everyone must go ashore in small boats.
In times of storm the waves submerge the landing and getting
ashore is a dangerous business.
Hilo, the Second City of the Group.
Approaching Hilo from the ocean one is impressed with its
picturesque location, the extent of fine country about it, and
the size of its harbor, now really only an open roadstead.
When the new breakwater is completed the Hilo harbor will be
five times as large as that at Honolulu and the inner harbor
quiet and safe in all weather.
Hilo has a population of 5,000, but only about ten per cent of
its people are white.
The town is said to have been very quiet for several years past,
with little growth, but at present it is showing signs of
This is due to the belief that the building of the breakwater
will lead to the extension of the railroad.
As it is now. only 15 miles of territory are tributary to Hilo
whereas it should be the shipping point for the people residing
a radius of 60 miles.
Notwithstanding the limited area of country of which Hilo is the
commercial center its imports and exports last year reached the
handsome total of 200,000 tons.
Acheson, Ernest Francis:
in Hawaii, May, 1907.
Letters Written by Ernest F. Acheson to the
Washington PA., Observer.
Observer Job Rooms, Washington, Pa., 1907.
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Acheson : Congressional Party in Hawaii, 1907.