Duke Kahanamoku – Hawaii Legend

Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku, known widely as Duke Kahanamoku, was born on August 24, 1890, in Honolulu, Hawaii, during the Kingdom of Hawaii era. He became a legendary figure not just in Hawaiian history but also in global sports and cultural heritage. Duke’s life was deeply tied to the ocean. Growing up near Waikiki Beach, he developed a profound connection to the water at an early age. His father was a policeman and his mother, a descendant of Hawaiian royalty, instilled in him a deep appreciation for his…

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