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Ben Aipa's Great Grandfather

This photo was taken by by James J. Williams, the famous Honolulu photographer who did many of the early surfing images, friend of King Kalakaua, Robert Lewis Stevenson and established "Paradise of the Pacific" magazine, 1888, presently Honolulu Magazine. Discovery thanks to Spencer Croul

Frank Davey did a similar photo along with numerous others, that are detailed in Desoto Browns book, "Surfing: Historic Images from the Bishop Museum".

Davey did his images in approx April 1898, but only stayed in Hawaii for 3 years.
Also the man in Daveyʻs photo has been identified as Charles Kauha, in the State Archives as well as by an informant of John Clark the Historian. He notes that in his new book as well. – Tim DeLa Vega (Thanks Tim for updating this for us, this is image used on cover of his new book  "Surfing in Hawaii, 1778-1930")



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As part of our commitment to protecting our image donors, the Surfing Heritage Foundation has begun using digital watermarking on ALL of our images, including those images seen on our website. This watermark is not visible to the eye, but is easily seen by many computer programs such at Photoshop and other image editing programs. In addition, we have also purchased a “watermark spider” that crawls the Internet specifically looking for any images that contain our SHF watermark. The Surfing Heritage Foundation is prepared to take the appropriate action should we find any illegal or unlicensed usage of images from our files.