One of the First Known Photographs of a Surfer…

 One of the First Known Photographs of a Surfer with his Board, c. 1890. Courtesy Bishop Museum Archive.
One of the First Known Photographs of a Surfer with his Board, c. 1890. Courtesy Bishop Museum Archive.

In 1851, the Reverend Henry T. Cheever observed surfing at Lahaina, Maui and wrote about it in his book, Life in the Hawaiian Islands, The Heart of the Pacific As it Was and Is.

“It is highly amusing to a stranger to go out to the south part of this town, some day when the sea is rolling in heavily over the reef, and to observe there the evolutions and rapid career of a company of surf-players. [The sport of surfing] is so attractive and full of wild excitement to the Hawaiians, and withal so healthy, that I cannot but hope it will be many years before civilization shall look it out of countenance, or make it disreputable to indulge in this manly, though it be dangerous, pastime.”


Whale Photo Safari with Pacific Whale Foundation – Lahaina

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Join Pacific Whale Foundation for a whale photography workshop at sea. Whether you are a novice or an experienced photographer, this unique hands-on adventure will help you learn and practice expert techniques for photographing whales and other wildlife. Bring your own digital camera, or rent one (Canon PowerShot) from our Ocean Store.

This cruise is timed to include the golden light of sunset and is led by a Pacific Whale Foundation naturalist and a photographer from Pacific Whale Foundation’s Adventure Photo staff. During your three hour cruise, you’ll discover the most effective camera settings for our local conditions at sea. You’ll also learn about proven digital photo techniques to maximize each opportunity presented by the whales that you encounter.

We’ll also take a break from photography to drop an underwater hydrophone into the water to listen to live whale songs. Book online or call 808-249-8811 ext. 1 anytime between 6am-9pm. Discounts available for PWF members and for kama’aina.

Date: Sunday, December 7th, 2014 to Sunday, April 26th, 2015

Time: 8:00 am to 11:00 am



Pacific Whale Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting appreciation, understanding, and protection of whales, dolphins, coral reefs, and our planet’s oceans. This is accomplished by educating the public — from a scientific perspective — about the marine environment. Pacific Whale Foundation supports and conducts responsible marine research and addresses marine conservation issues in Hawaii and the Pacific. Through educational ecotours, Pacific Whale Foundation models and promotes sound ecotourism practices and responsible wildlife watching.