Duke: A great Hawaiian
During his lifetime, Duke Kahanamoku (1890-1968), a full-blooded Hawaiian, was known worldwide simply as The Duke. His name was synonymous with Hawaiʻi. He is remembered today for his Olympic medals and as the Father of Modern Surfing. In 2002 the US Postal Service described him as the greatest aquatic athlete the world has ever seen. The thousands who place leis on his statue in Waikiki honor him as Hawaii's legendary Ambassador of Aloha for his strength of character and the Hawaiian ideals of humility and dignity he exemplified. In this moving tribute filled with photographs his story and Hawaiʻi's are intertwined.