Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, (1890 - 1968). He was an Olympic champion and the world's fastest swimmer. From 1912 and 1932 he won three gold medals, two silver and a bronze in four Olympics. He is known as the "Father of International Surfing."
Duke Kahanamoku is considered the father of modern surfing. He lived and plied his trade in Waikiki and this statue was erected in his memory as part of the Waikiki revitalization project in the late 1990s. The Duke became famous when he won three gold and two silver medals in swimming at the 1912, 1920, and 1924 Olympic Games. He went on to conduct surfing demonstrations and clinics around the world and spawned a worldwide love of this exciting sport. He is also the first athlete to be inducted into the surfing and swimming halls of fame.
This is the Duke Kahanamoku Statue. The statue can be found at 2400 block of Kalakaua Avenue beside Waikiki Beach. It honor the pure blooded Hawaiian and Olympic swimming champion who made surfing synonymous with the islands. He also served as Ambassador at Large for the State of Hawaii and official Greeter for the City of Honolulu. With bloodlines linked to King Kamehameha I, Duke popularized surfing around the world and is considered one of the greatest surfers of all time. He served 13 consecutive terms as sheriff of Honolulu until he retired in 1961