My long-popular ebook on the life of Duke Kahanamoku -- as a surfer -- has finally been freed from behind the pay wall! It is now absolutely free to view and/or download!
For the better part of a decade, the Duke chapter in the LEGENDARY SURFERS collection was the most detailed and complete surfer history of Duke available anywhere. Over the years, there have been a number of fine biographies of Duke printed that go into even greater detail. James D. Nendel's 2016 thesis "DUKE KAHANAMOKU-TWENTIETH CENTURY HAWAIIAN MONARCH: THE VALUES AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO HAWAIIAN CULTURE FROM HAWAI`I’S SPORTING LEGEND" is particularly good and probably is now the most detailed online source about Duke that is available free: https://etda.libraries.psu.edu/files/final_submissions/2622
Duke Kahanamoku, 1910. Photographer unknown but possibly A.R. Gurrey, Jr.
During the first half of the Twentieth Century, Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola
Kahanamoku – known to most of the world as “Duke” or “The Duke,” and to his long-time
Hawaiian Islands friends as Paoa10 – “emerged as the world’s consummate waterman, its fastest
swimmer and foremost surfer, the first truly famous beach boy,” wrote one of Duke’s foremost
biographers, Grady Timmons.11 “He was a great chief of our time,” Joseph Brennan – the man who
helped Duke with his autobiography – wrote, “indisputably the alii nui of Waikiki.”12
Duke Kahanamoku is best known to surfers as, “The Father of Modern Surfing.” Along with
George Freeth, he became the foremost of the revivalists at Waikiki, bringing surfing back from
near extinction at the start of the Twentieth Century. Going beyond Freeth, Duke would help intro-
duce surfing to the rest of the world. A champion swimmer, Duke’s life was crowned in Olympic
glory and throughout his life he would ride that glory as the international ambassador for Hawai‘i
and surfing. Playing parts in Hollywood movies while at the same time representing Hawaii to the
rest of the world with his grace in the water, good humor and sportsmanship, Duke has become a
Hawaiian folk hero...
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