Aloha Hawaii Wooden Paipo Surfboard, 1920
This beautiful paipo board is the precursor to the belly board and was also known as a "hotel board" because it was loaned by the hotels to their guests for personal use and lessons with the Waikiki Beach Boys.
The moderate size allowed for easy play in the water and today allows for easy decorative installation.
Warm wood in alternating grains and tones accents the clean, streamline shape. Complete with the original decal bearing the Hawaiian crest and the words UA MAU KE EA O KA AINA I KA PONO, roughly translated as "The Life Of The Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness."
The General Veneer Company in South Gate (a suburb of Los Angeles) California manufactured these boards during the 1920s and 30s for the Royal Hawaiian and Moana Hotels. A few guests brought them back to the mainland as a lifetime memory of their trip to the then very distant shores of Hawaii, very few survive in this condition.
Specifications: Height: 60, Width: 18, Depth: 1.5
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