spot was formerly called Kalehuawehe. The surf break Castles is named after the
Castle family's three-story beachfront home, Kainalu. It was a prominent landmark in Waikiki as well as the landmark for the takeoff at Castles. The mansion was razed in 1958 to build the Elk's Club
Castle arrived in Hawai‘i as a missionary in 1837. He left the mission and turned to business when he saw the 'opportunities' afford by the colonizing of Hawai'i. With Amos Cooke, he founded Castle and Cooke Company in 1851, which continues to be one of Hawaii's largest corporations that has subsidaries all over
photo at left shows the Castle estate Kainalu. Note the two Chinese servants
standing attentively behind the party table. Ironically, or maybe not,
these are the type of activities heavily promoted by today's fancy hotels,
offering the middle-classes (and workers with decent paying jobs) the
opportunity to ape the rich.