Duke Kahanamoku Statue

Waikiki Beach Tourist Information and Vacation Guide

The father of surfing was a Hawaiian by the name of Duke Kahanamoku.

Born in 1890, he was a five-time Olympic medal winner in swimming and a business man.  Kahanamoku was a big promoter of surfing and is today a beloved figure in Hawaii.

Duke Kahanamoku Statue in Waikiki
Duke Kahanamoku - Father of Surfing

A bronze statue of Duke Kahanamoku can be found in Kuhio Beach Park next to the Waikiki Beach.  The Kahanamoku Beach is also named after him.

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