Duke Kahanamoku (August 24, 1890 – January 22, 1968), was a Hawaiian athlete who is called the inventor of modern surfing. He was also on the United States Olympic team as a swimmer, and won several silver and gold medals.
Duke Kahanamoku c. 1912
|Full name||Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku|
|Nickname(s)||"The Duke," "The Big Kahuna"|
|National team||United States|
|Born||August 24, 1890|
Haleʻākala, Honolulu, Kingdom of Hawaii
|Died||January 22, 1968 (aged 77)|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|Club||Waikiki Beach Boys|
Contrary to some misinformation on the internet, Duke is not known as the Big Kahuna. He himself rejected that term, because he knew its meaning. The Big Kahuna is a character in the Gidget story, which is based on a portrayal of Tube Steak Tracy, a famous surfer of the '40s & '50s in Malibu.
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