National Geographic : 1960 Jul
Waikiki Wonderland PERHAPS the world's most famous beach, Waikiki lures bathers the year round with warm seas and palm-fringed sands. When surf runs high, the venturesome climb aboard 35-pound Fiberglas slabs shaped like ironing boards and race in on the crests of giant combers. The S.S. Lurline, steaming toward San Francisco, may provide the backdrop. Surfing too risky? Then take a seat in a 30-foot outrigger canoe, dip a paddle, and ride a mountain of rolling water. For pure relaxa tion, step aboard a twin-hulled catamaran and cruise under bil lowing sail toward Diamond Head. Or bask on the beach and let the tropic sun toast the skin a golden tan, with time out now and again to sip tangy nectar served in a hollowed pineapple. And Waikiki entertains by night as well. Almost every floor show features sarong-clad maidens doing the graceful hula. KODACHROMESBY THCMASNEBBIA AND ROBERTWENKAM(LEFT) C N.G.S.