In 1959, the Hawaiian Islands, offering everything from awe-inspiring volcanoes to soothing seas, was officially declared America’s 50th state. Renowned for its soft ivory sands and warm relaxing waters that call to people throughout the world, Hawaii beckoned travelers to come experience and enjoy the unique Hawaiian culture the Islands continue to take pride in today. Surf culture resonates throughout Hawaii. Hawaii’s primary inhabitants, the Polynesians, began the practice of surfing, and the legendary Hawaiian surf culture was born. Surfing was interwoven in all aspects of Hawaiian’s lives from the connection to the sea to the community and love it provided among people. Hawaiians celebrated the ocean during luau with hula dances dedicated to giving thanks to the gifts the sea bestows. During the 1900s, Duke Kahanamoku became a symbol for Hawaii’s surf culture, as he reflected the Spirit of Aloha in his noble and respectful yet kind and welcoming actions. Beginning in the mid-1900s, Hawaiian beaches became the focal point of the Islands. Surf clubs like Waikiki Surf Club began offering lessons to tourists, beach bunnies tanned on the shores, and keiki splashed in the shoreline. To this day, Hawaii’s beaches tell the story of the Hawaiian culture, while continuing to keep the traditional Hawaiian values of community and the Spirit of Aloha alive today.