Duke Kahanamoku

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Duke Kahanamoku
Duke Kahanamoku c1912.jpg
Duke Kahanamoku c. 1912
Personal information
Full name Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku
Nickname(s) "The Duke," "The Big Kahuna"
National team  United States
Born (1890-08-24)August 24, 1890
Haleʻākala, Honolulu, Kingdom of Hawaii
Died January 22, 1968(1968-01-22) (aged 77)
Honolulu, Hawaii[1]
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)[1][2]
Weight 190 lb (86 kg)[1]
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club Waikiki Beach Boys

Duke Kahanamoku (August 24, 1890January 22, 1968), was a Hawaiian athlete who is called the inventor of modern surfing.[3] He was also on the United States Olympic team as a swimmer, and won several silver and gold medals.[4]

Contrary to some misinformation on the internet, Duke is not known as the Big Kahuna. He himself rejected that term, because he knew its meaning. The Big Kahuna is a character in the Gidget story, which is based on a portrayal of Tube Steak Tracy, a famous surfer of the '40s & '50s in Malibu.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Murphy, Kelly with Hallie Fryd (2013). Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes-From Cleopatra to Camus. USA: Zest Books. p. 109. 
  2. See, Jen. "5 Things You Didn't Know About Duke Kahanamoku". MensJournal.com. Men's Journal. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  3. Hall, Sandra Kimberly. (2004). Duke: A Great Hawaiian. Honolulu, HI: Bess Press. ISBN 1-57306-230-8. 
  4. "Duke Kahanamoku". Surfline. 

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