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Statue of Duke Kahanamoku, Honolulu

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  • There were lots of surfers in the water out beyond the statue. I wondered if that's because the waves are good or people are inspired by the statue and story of Duke. There are lots of surf boards for...  more »
  • Walking along the beaches of Waikiki, this statue I did that and had participated in the Olympics three times, swimming 100 m freestyle twice gold, one silver medal took in was know. It was seen that broke the world record Johnny in 1922, 100 m freestyle ever Duke had learned of this fact happens to be reading the biography of former Tarzan actor Johnny Weismuller. That the 1924 Paris Olympics 100 m freestyle swimming gold silver, Johnny Duke's. I have more respect now and see the statue of kahanamoku.
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  • Every time we have visited Waikiki we make a beeline to the statue of Duke Kahanamoku. We are still in amazement of his achievements and it is a pleasure to honour such a great man.  more »
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  • This statue is amazing! Major tourist spot. Easy to get there by bus and there are many other tourist spot around the area to check out as well.
  • "Honestly, I don't recall how many times we have seen the bronze statue of Duke Kahanamoku at Waikiki Beach."  We passed by this statue on a daily basis when we stayed across the street in April 2013.   I know the person represented as the statue was famous but nothing else.  I've stood at the statue while listening to other people give their own version of who this person was.  Some said he was a "famous Hawaiian Actor, while others said he was some surf dude?"  Surf dude?  Really! In years past, we have seen this statute covered in so many "lei's" that you couldn't see his face.  Other times, you would see him in the background as people stood in front to take their pictures.  I was curious and wanted to find out more about this statue so I looked into it..... Born on August 24, 1890, Duke Paoa Kahanamoku was born in Honolulu (at King & Bishop Streets) grew up swimming and surfing in Waikiki near the current Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. The "Duke", as he would be called, had been named not for Hawaiian royalty, but after his father who had been christened "Duke" following the visit of the Duke of Edinburgh to Hawaii in 1869. Discovered as a swimming sensation, Duke's legend began when he broke the world record in the 100-yard freestyle during his very first competition. * In 1912, he went on to win Olympic gold in the 100-meter freestyle and silver in the relay. * In 1920, he won two gold medals. * In 1924, he won a silver medal at age 34. Duke Kahanamoku was also one of the pioneers of the Waikiki Beach Boys, watermen who earned their livings teaching visitors how to surf and canoe at Waikiki Beach. He was the first person to be inducted into both the Surfing Hall of Fame and the Swimming Hall of Fame. Duke Kahanamoku, "The father of modern surfing," was Hawaii's first ambassador of goodwill.
  • statue to the man the legend a true ambassador of All Things Hawaii & Aloha thats why it gets 5 stars ya haole barnyfied lameo
  • It's really cool there. You can call your friends and they can watch you on the webcam at Duke's statue.
  • Very impressive statue and must see if you are in Honolulu. Stop and take a picture on your walk along Waikiki Beach.