Out of the Blue

Hawaiian petroglyph, AD 1500
Engraving by Emile Bayard
19th century engraving
18th century Hawaiian chief

Four thousand years ago, after a long migratory push out of Southeast Asia, settlers arrived in Tonga, Samoa, and eastern Fiji. All the basic forms of Polynesian society and culture were formed here. While regional political power consolidated in Tahiti, expansion continued. Parties of tattooed explorer-warriors and breedable girls loaded onto streamlined twin-hulled voyaging canoes, some up to 150 feet long, and sailed off in all directions, with stores of coconuts, yams, taro, dried fish, b...

Surfing in ancient Hawaii was touched by religion and fantasy, but it was fused to sex, competition, and gambling.