Honolulu in Honolulu County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
Waikīkī Historic Trail
The Paoas were a large ‘ohana (family). More than 100 were living in the area at the time. The home in which Duke lived was located about where the former Hilton Dome stood for so many years. The families had their gardens and grew enough taro and sweet potatoes to meet their needs. Being excellent fishermen, they never were short of the bounties of the seaweed, squid, shrimp, crab, lobster
In 1925 Duke became a national hero when he used his surfboard to rescue eight fishermen from their sinking vessel in high seas off Newport Beach.
Erected by the City and County of Honolulu. (Marker Number 16.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Sports • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1848.
Location. 21° 16.883′ N, 157° 50.233′ W. Marker is in Honolulu, Hawaii, in Honolulu County. Marker is on Paoa Place west of Kalia Road, on the right. It is at the end of Paoa Place, at the beach walk and near the public rest rooms. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Honolulu HI 96815, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rainbow Tower & Hilton Lagoon (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rainbow MuralKālia Bay (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Story of Kālia (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kuroda Field (approx. ¼ mile away); Kaha ha ʻlo me nā Makani (approx. ¼ mile away); Kãlia Fishponds (approx. ¼ mile away); U.S. Prefabricated Pill Box (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Honolulu.
More about this marker. A photo of Duke standing with his surfboard is at the top of the marker. Two photographs reproduced on the marker are captioned “As a youth, Duke mastered surfing on his 16-foot long, 114 pound Koa surfboard.” and “Duke appeared in four Olympic competitions, his final one in 1932 on the US Waterpolo Team.”
Also see . . . Duke Hahanamoku. “When Duke surfed, he made surfboards slide across wave faces without the—as yet to be invented—skeg. When he swam, his ‘Kahanamoku kick’ was so powerful that his body actually rose up out of the water, ‘like a speed boat with its prow up,’ boasted his brother Sargent. The first time he had really watched his brother swim for speed was at the Waikiki Natatorium, a salt-water swimming pool located on Diamond Head’s flank. The old timers told Sargent to watch his brother, that when he swam he created waves. When Duke swam there, Sargent saw the waves spread out and hit the sides of the pool. ‘And I mean they were big,’ he said, ‘so big that it seemed like they could be ridden with a surfboard’.” —Malcom (Submitted on November 1, 2008.)
Additional keywords. Kalia, Hooale Paoa, Waikiki Beach, Pacific Islanders
Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 1, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,855 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 1, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 3. submitted on November 1, 2008. 4. submitted on November 1, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 5. submitted on April 27, 2014, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.