Duke Kahanamoku Memorial Statue
The plaque in the rock states,"In Hawaii we greet friends, loved ones or strangers with "Aloha," which means with love. Aloha is the key word to the universal spirit of real hospitality, which makes Hawaii renowned as the world's center of understanding and fellowship.
Try meeting or leaving people with Aloha. You'll be surprised by their reaction. I believe it, and it is my creed. Aloha to you. Duke Paoa Kahanamoku."
Pay tribute to the legendary "Ambassador of Aloha" by draping a fresh flower lei on the outstretched arms of the 17 foot bronze Duke Kahanamoku statue, near the pohaku stones. After becoming Hawaii's first Olympian, Duke continued his celebrated Olympic career for 21 years and became a symbol of aloha around the world. His 17 foot bronze statue is the most photographed attraction in Hawaii.
Duke Paoa Kahanamoku lived from 1890-1968. He was born and raised in Waikiki and was a full-blooded Hawaiian, representing the culture to millions of people. He was an Olympic champion winning three gold, two silver, and one bronze metal in four Olympics between 1912 and 1922. He is known as the Father of International Surfing having introduced the sport to the Eastern seaboard. During his lifetime, the Duke was a movie actor, political figure, and true hero. His statue is located on Waikiki Beach where many honor him by placing leis on his statue.
Kuhio Beach, Waikiki