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Hawaiian papahe’enalu (surfboards) were made of a single solid piece of wood.

They were usually carved from wiliwili (a low density, balsa type wood), ulu, also known as breadfruit (a lightweight bug resistant wood), or koa-acacia, commonly referred to simply as koa (a heavier, more dense wood).

Prior to European contact, four main types of boards existed in Hawaii.

In order of size starting with the smallest were the paipo, alaia, kiko’o and olo.

Jesse states on the pages that “the authenticated material used to put together this “upside down” family tree, was obtained through the research efforts of two of our relatives, namely his son Dwayne James, and a distant cousin Dorothy James Turner. Here is a good WOODSON website by a descendant that does a great job of giving the history of Jamestown… He met a 19 year old woman, Justina Thurston, and they were married.

I have acquired a lot of documents and records on this JAMES family over the many years since I received those “charts.” Since no source documents were listed on the hand-drawn trees, I have documented the ancestors in my James line by doing research in Virginia, Kentucky, and Washington, D. I’ll be adding my source information to this website as time permits. John Woodson, surgeon to the Jamestown Company, was Jesse’s 6th great grandfather. information on this webpage was provided by Thurston James and also came from the research of other family researchers and gathered in a very comprehensive James Family Tree which was compiled by Mike Nelson. Almost immediately after the marriage, John and his bride made plans to move to the Colonies in the New World.

In the early 1900s as the sport of surfing began to be discovered by the outside world, the construction and design of the boards started to transform.

Duke Kahanamoku and other beach boys at Waikiki began surfing on and popularizing a board that was larger than the standard of the time.

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