By Teddy Bush
Owner of Waikiki Beach Services
Waikiki Beach Services was founded in 1955 as a way for visitors to experience the Hawaiian arts of surfing and outrigger-canoe surfing with Waikiki Beach Boys.
Almost 60 years later, as the beach around us has evolved to meet the demands of a different society and a growing tourism industry, Waikiki Beach Services’ foundation remains the same: Its mission still is to share our love for the ocean with our guests, to enhance every visitor’s experience in Waikiki and to perpetuate the legacy and tradition of the Waikiki Beachboy.
This year, Waikiki Beach Services had the honor of co-hosting the first-ever May Day Celebration that paid tribute to Waikiki Beach Boys. The beach boys from both past and present were honored for their years of services as our unofficial “Ambassadors of Aloha,” and recognized as the expert watermen they are.
Waikiki Beach Services currently employs more than 40 beach boys and beach girls, many of whom are licensed in all levels of surf handling as provided by the state of Hawaii, including surfing instruction, stand-up surfing, catamaran sailing and outrigger-canoe surfing. We currently call The Royal Hawaiian: A Luxury Collection Resort our home, and are truly honored and privileged to be able to pursue our passion for the ocean sports of Hawaii in the place where the Waikiki Beach Boy was born.