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Catching up and catching waves with the original Waikiki Beach Boys

Aloha Beach Services provide surf lessons and beach rentals

Waikiki Beach was once a playground for Hawaiian Royalty and is now one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Much of that is owed to Duke Kahanamoku and his hui of watermen, who worked to keep the tourists happy by teaching them how to surf. While the heart behind the instruction remains the same, the activities have expanded beyond surfing to canoe surfing, stand up paddling, and beach accessory rentals to name a few.

HI Now host Kanoe Gibson met up to talk story and catch some waves with her old friend Didi Robello, who is the grand-nephew of Duke Kahanamoku and the last of the 3rd generation of the original Waikiki Beach Boys.

Aloha Beach Services is the longest running beach service business in Waikiki, and has been on the beach since 1959. It continues to instill Hawaiian values into everything it does.

“Everyone needs to know where we came from. Being the oldest and original beach service in Waikiki, we’ve got to maintain that as best as we can,” said Aloha Beach Services owner Didi Robello. But it’s more than just providing services to tourists and locals — it’s a lifestyle.

“Aloha Beach Services has been here 53 years now, my whole life. I don’t know anything else — I’ve been here since I was a kid,” said Robello.

Aloha Beach Services specializes in stand up paddle surfing, surf lessons, and canoe surfing. It also provides beach accessories to make everyone’s beach day a more enjoyable event. Aloha Beach Services is even available for special events such as weddings, birthdays, and convention group rentals.

Aloha Beach Services is open every day from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and is located on Waikiki Beach at the Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort, on the Diamond Head side of Duke’s restaurant on the beach.

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