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Duke Paoa Kahanamoku

August 24, 1890 - January 22, 1968

 
 
Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, April 15, 2014
1. Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Marker
Inscription. Raised in Waikiki, Duke was a full blooded Hawaiian, who symbolized Hawai'i to millions of people. He developed into an Olympic Champion and the world's fastest swimmer. Between 1912 and 1932 he won three gold medals, two silver and a bronze in four Olympics. He is know as the "Father of International Surfing."

Duke introduced surfing to the Eastern seaboard of American, Europe and Australia. He became a hero when he saved eight lives from a capsized launch at Corona del Mar, California in 1925 using his surfboard. A movie actor from 1925 - 1933 he was elected Sheriff of Honolulu for thirteen consecutive terms from 1934 - 1960. He has been recognized as Hawai'i's Ambassador of Aloha since 1912.

He has honored his name, he has honored his race, he has honored his state, he has honored us all. (Marker Number 5.)
 
Location. 21° 16.532′ N, 157° 49.519′ W. Marker is in Honolulu, Hawaii, in Honolulu County. Marker is on Kalakaua Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Located on Kalakaua Ave at Kuhio Beach Park across the street from the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Hotel. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2424 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu HI 96815, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this
Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, April 15, 2014
2. Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Marker
marker. The Stones Of Life (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Lady of Waikiki (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Victoria Kawekiu F Lunalilo Kalaninuiahilapalapu Ka’iulani Cleghorn (approx. 0.2 miles away); Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole (approx. 0.2 miles away); Waikiki (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Beaches of Waikiki (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mahiole (approx. half a mile away); Helumoa (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Honolulu.
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, April 15, 2014
3. Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Marker
Duke Kahanamoku & Amelia Earhart image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, April 15, 2014
4. Duke Kahanamoku & Amelia Earhart
Duke Kahanamoku shows famed aviator Amelia Earhart how pineapples are prepared for eating, Jan. 2, 1935 at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Earhart visited Hawaii and embarked on a record-breaking solo flight from Honolulu to Oakland, Calif. on Jan. 11, 1935. Photo taken at the Royal Hawaiin Hotel.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 27, 2014, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 312 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 27, 2014, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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