Naked Hawaii, the photo book



The lost world of Hawaii’s nudist clubs and nude beaches from the 1970s & 1980s come to life in this beautiful hardcover book, Naked Hawaii, featuring the work of renowned nudist photographer, Leif Heilberg.

Active in the 70s and 80s, Leif traveled to Oahu and the neighbor islands often, capturing idyllic images of Larry and Pru Beck’s Hawaii Nudist Park in Kahuku and its successor, the North Shore Naturist Park. While visiting the neighbor islands, Leif photographed his mainland friends, visitors and their families frolicking on the sands of unofficial “nude beaches” and clubs such as Hale Makala, Honokohau Beach and Kua Bay on the Big Island; Anahola Beach, Donkey Beach, Maha’ulepu Beach, and Mola’a Bay on Kauai.

Many of these photos have appeared in the pages of naturist magazines which were never widely distributed in Hawaii. Long forgotten by local islanders, our current generation has little or no knowledge of the existence of these clubs and beaches. Leif captured a free spirited and innocent lifestyle that no longer exists in the same form in modern day Hawaii, as every beach he captured on film is no longer nudity friendly. The North Shore Naturist Park no longer exists, and most of these photographs have never been seen in decades.

Edited by T. L. Young, author of American Nudist: The Lost Journal, Naked Hawaii is a fine coffee-table book that celebrates the beauty of the islands complemented by the nude human form. The serenity and innocence of Heilberg’s photographs gives the reader a clear understanding of why naturism appealed to so many, and continues to do so today.

Naked Hawaii is the first of three volumes. The other two are titled, Naked USA and Naked World. An ebook titled, Naked Voices, collects all of the essays from the aforementioned three volumes, and includes a bonus section on the nudity protests in present day San Francisco.

Naked Hawaii is a 70 page hardcover, available on at the retail price of $68.99.


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