This hand crafted Hula figure has been designed in the tradition of Hawaiian hula folk art dolls that date back to at least the early 1940's. This type of folk art doll became popular in Hawaii in the 1940's as a souvenir for servicemen to send back home to their loved ones. Surfing wasnâ€™t invented in Hawaii; it was perfected. For ancient Hawaiians, surfing was more than just a sport; it was a part of who they were, and who they wanted to be. We have the ancient Hawaiians, who through their hard work and love of riding the waves, perfected surfing and made it possible for all to enjoy today.