That included the surfers at Waikiki and the first-known film of Kilauea, the volcano on the Big Island, newspapers said. Kanaka means person in Hawaiian. Those who can ride surfboards standing up are wanted to be there in force. That is, they were included in some rare pictures taken by Robert Bonine, the moving-picture man of the Edison company of Orange, N.
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Andy Irons. Duke grew up with his siblings and 31 Paoa cousins. His father was a policeman. They were kahu , retainers and trusted advisors of the Kamehamehas, to whom they were related. Growing up on the outskirts of Waikiki, Kahanamoku spent his youth as a bronzed beach boy.
At Waikiki Beach he developed his surfing and swimming skills. In his youth, Kahanamoku preferred a traditional surf board, which he called his "papa nui", constructed after the fashion of ancient Hawaiian "olo" boards. Made from the wood of a koa tree, it was 16 feet 4. The board was without a skeg , which had yet to be invented. In his later career, he would often use smaller boards but always preferred those made of wood. On August 11, , Kahanamoku was timed at The AAU initially claimed that the judges must have been using alarm clocks rather than stopwatches and later claimed that ocean currents aided Kahanamoku.
He was initiated, passed and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason in Hawaiian Lodge Masonic Lodge No 21    and was also a Noble member of the Shriners fraternal organization. Kahanamoku easily qualified for the U. Olympic swimming team in At the Summer Olympics in Stockholm, he won a gold medal in the meter freestyle , and a silver medal with the second-place U.
During the Olympics in Antwerp, he won gold medals both in the meters bettering fellow Hawaiian Pua Kealoha and in the relay. He finished the meters with a silver medal during the Olympics in Paris, with the gold going to Johnny Weissmuller and the bronze to Duke's brother, Samuel Kahanamoku. At age 34, this was Kahanamoku's last Olympic medal. Between Olympic competitions, and after retiring from the Olympics, Kahanamoku traveled internationally to give swimming exhibitions.
It was during this period that he popularized the sport of surfing, previously known only in Hawaii, by incorporating surfing exhibitions into these visits as well. His surfing exhibition at Sydney's Freshwater Beach on December 24, , is widely regarded as a seminal event in the development of surfing in Australia.
During his time living in Southern California, Kahanamoku performed in Hollywood as a background actor and a character actor in several films. In this way, he made connections with people who could further publicize the sport of surfing.
Kahanamoku was involved with the Los Angeles Athletic Club , acting as a lifeguard and competing in both swimming and water polo teams. While living in Newport Beach, California on June 14, , Kahanamoku rescued eight men from a fishing vessel that capsized in heavy surf while attempting to enter the city's harbor.
At the time the Newport Beach police chief called Duke's efforts "The most superhuman surfboard rescue act the world has ever seen". It also led to lifeguards across the US to begin using surfboards as standard equipment for water rescues. In , Kahanamoku married Nadine Alexander, who accompanied him when he traveled.
The Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championships in Hawaii, the first major professional surfing contest event ever held in the huge surf on the North Shore of Oahu was named in his honor. The club offered a place to change and a grass hut for surfboard storage right on the beach. Once again the history of surfing in Hawaii was changing when Hui Nalu and the Outrigger Canoe Club started friendly competitions that many came to the beach to watch.
In , Hawaiian beach boy Duke Paoa Kahanamoku was already famous as a surfer and swimmer. He was credited with developing the flutter kick to replace the scissor kick in freestyle swimming and was the three-time world record holder in the meter freestyle.
Duke was a fine figure of a Polynesian, slim and muscular and built for speed, blessed with extraordinarily long hands and feet. Duke became world famous by winning an Olympic gold medal in the meter freestyle in Stockholm and again in Antwerp in Touted as the fastest swimmer alive, Duke was on the road constantly, giving swimming exhibitions around Europe, the United States and the world.
He also became a favorite of Hollywood casting directors, playing Aztec chiefs, Hindu thieves and Arab princes. On weekends he would take his Hollywood friends surfing, and everywhere he could Duke used his fame to introduce the world to the sport of surfing, which would forever change the history of surfing in Hawaii.
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