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Neal S. Blaisdell Center

Neal S. Blaisdell Center

The Neal S. Blaisdell Center in downtown Honolulu, Honolulu CDP is a community center for ..

University of Hawaii at Manoa

University of Hawaii at Manoa

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is a public, co-educational university and is the ..

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Duke Kahanamoku - The Father of Surfing

Duke Kahanamoku - The Father of Surfing
There are a growing number of surfing web sites which have made a tribute to the life of Duke Kahanamoku, for there is no doubt that he caught the attention of the world with his surfing prowess, and in later years in swimming and acting. One such tribute page is to be found in the Duke's homeland of the Hawaiian Islands, with the Hawaii - This Week Travel Magazine in which an article commences with the following quote from the Duke ...
"I am only happy when I am swimming like a fish" .... - Duke Kahanamoku

" 'Surf's up!' was the cry heard one morning on Oahu's south shore. Enthusiastic young men grabbed their surfboards and rushed to Waikiki to try to ride the big "Bluebirds," giant waves that sweep in from Diamond Head and streak across in a solid line as far as Honolulu Harbor. The day closed with only one of those daring surfers defeating the tremendous waves. On his 16-foot, 114-pound surfboard, Duke Kahanamoku successfully challenged the dangerous Bluebird for a thrilling, one-and-three-quarter miles. Exhausted, he dragged his board onto the beach to the sound of cheers and applause from a crowd of admiring spectators on Waikiki Beach."

The article goes on to provide further information and photo about the life of Duke Kahanamoku.

Possibly the greatest web resource concerning the Surfing Culture of the Hawaiian people and Duke Kahanamoku is to be found at the WaterMan WebSite which is dedicated to the provision of quality resource information concerning the Our Pacific Ocean Heritage and the history of surfing. In the above reference concerning the Duke, there is quoted the following text from the book "DUKE ... The Lifestory of Duke Kahanamoku" by Joseph L. Brennan:

"To those who know of Duke Kahanamoku's fantastic athletic accomplishments, his charm, and his integrity, this pure Hawaiian symbolized all that is best in Hawai'i. To his friends he was a warm, simple man of great dignity and courage. He had a massive gentleness that comes only from an inner sureness of strength. The two-time Olympic swimming winner lived a life of excitement, tension, mind-boggling successes -- and heartbreak. He knew the disciplines and demands of being a competitive athlete and demonstrated the great heart it takes to be a world champion.

At Duke's funeral, Hawai'i's revered and respected Reverend Abraham Akaka spoke with tear-filled eyes and a face twisted in sorrow:

"Duke Kahanamoku represented the ali'i nobility in the highest and truest sense - concern for others, humility in victory, courage in adversity, good sportsmanship in defeat. He had a quality of life we are all challenged and inspired to emulate."