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Statue of Duke Kahanamoku, Honolulu

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  • Nice to see the bronze statue dedicated to the king of surfers watching over Waikiki Beach. Duke Kahanamoku welcomes you to Waikiki with open arms. Duke was a true Hawaiian hero and one of the world's...  more »
  • From an artistic and an aesthetic point of view there is no need to go see this statue. It's not Michaelangelo's David or the Pieta.  more »
  • went to park in morning was a lot of homless people camp out there but it was clean and a pretty place  more »
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  • Iconic and stately. . Come pay respects in the refreshing Trades at sunset and hear the call of the Pu (conch)
  • A statue which has its arms out and people put their lei's on the arms, if they can reach. Nice to take a picture with for memories. It can get very crowded though.
  • 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.
  • statue to the man the legend a true ambassador of All Things Hawaii & Aloha thats why it gets 5 stars ya haole barnyfied lameo
  • "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.