Our Philosophy and Continued Mission
Waikiki Beach Services (WBS) was founded in 1955 with a purpose to deliver first-class water experiences to all visitors in Waikiki thru interaction with the Waikiki Beachboys.
While the beach around us has changed over the years, the philosophy and mission of Waikiki Beach Services has remained steadfast:
- To foster a love for the ocean with our guests.
- To enhance every visitors experience in Waikiki.
- To perpetuate the legacy and traditions of the Waikiki Beachboy.
We look forward to having you as our guest. ALOHA.
Waikiki Beach Services is a registered business in good standing in the State of Hawaii.
Waikiki Beach Services complies with all State and Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) rules and regulations, including, but not limited to, the rigorous testing of all our surf instructors, captains and operators. These tests can only be passed after years of apprenticing at an operating beach service in Waikiki. Those individuals that complete and pass this testing acquire what is known as an instructor’s “Blue Card”. ALL SURF INSTRUCTORS IN WAIKIKI ARE REQUIRED TO POSSESS AN ACTIVE BLUE CARD. This card ensures that the instructor is certified by the State and is legal to work on the beach in Waikiki.
Our instructors, captains and catamaran operators are proficient in all levels of surf, canoe and catamaran handling.
No matter what your skill level, we encourage all visitors to take part in the water activities that have helped shape some of the current culture and popular trends of the water sports in Hawaii.
About The Owner – Meet Ted Bush
Ted Bush was born in Kapahulu and raised in Waikiki from the age of 5. Ted’s grandfather, Kim Wai, was one of the original members of the Hui Nalu “Surf Club”, along with many famous other famous members, including the Kahanamoku’s.
Growing up, Ted spent most of his time surfing the famous Haleiwa surfbreak on the North Shore, Makaha on the Westside, and every surf spot on the South Shore. Ted began to work for Waikiki Beach Services as soon as he turned 18.
Due to his an unparalleled knowledge of the waters of Waikiki and his passion for outrigger canoe surfing, Ted became the youngest person to attain the rank of 1st Canoe Captain at the age of 21 (the youngest age even permitted).
Ted has served on many ad-hoc and advisory committees overseeing canoe surfing and surfing in general related to Waikiki Beach. He continues his advocacy on perpetuating the traditions of the Waikiki Beachboys and ensuring the arts of surfing and canoe surfing stay available to all guest’s to our islands.
Ted was also the first officially appointed Adviser to the State to test applicants for their surf instructor and canoe captain licenses and still currently sits on its board.
About The Waikiki Beachboys Canoe Club
Ted was one of the original founders of the Waikiki Beachboys Canoe Club (WBBCC). The original mission of the WBBCC was to create a formal and competitive outrigger canoe racing team made up of, and funded only by, the Waikiki Beachboys. After many successful long distance campaigns, the team expanded into a full canoe club so that they could include women and children and take part in the annual State-wide regattas.
Ted, along with fellow Beachboys Bob Nagatani and Moku Kamaka, created the Beachboy Classic canoe long distance race which features “iron man” paddling – long distance racing without any crew changes.
To learn more about the Waikiki Beachboys Canoe Club, or to join in a practice session, please visit their webpage.