In Hawaiian, surfing is called he'e (slide) nalu (wave). This popular waterman sport originated in Polynesia and continues to be very much a way of life in Hawai'i. Previously reserved for Hawaiian ali'i (chiefs), surfing later evolved into a favorite pastime for people worldwide. Today, it continues to be one of the archipelago's main attractions. On Maui, there's no shortage of surf to enjoy. From Honolua Bay to the island's north shore, there are plenty of opportunities to cross this activity off your bucket list. Whether you’re a seasoned wave rider or just starting out, Maui’s pristine surf spots are worth checking out.
Popular surfing activities include:
- Watching professional surfers catch waves at Pe'ahi (JAWS) and Honolua Bay
- Signing up for lessons by seasoned surfers in Kihei, Ka'anapali, and Lāhainā
- Watching windsurfers getting “stoked” at Kanahā Beach
- Reserve a group surf lesson
- Venture upon a stand up paddle board or even a body board
- Learn surf photography from a professional
Surfing history continued:
Surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku, one of the original Waikiki "Beach Boys," put this Hawaiian hobby on the map. Known as the “father of modern surfing,” Duke Kahanamoku went on to win multiple Olympic gold medals for swimming. Today the sport is enjoyed by thrill seekers all around the world who pay tribute to Hawai'i for being the birthplace of this epic adventure.