Waikiki Beach, Oahu
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.
He is recognized as the "Hawaiian Ambassador of Aloha". 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.
Directions: Located on Waikiki Beach next to the Waikiki Police Station on Kalakaua Avenue. It is across the street from the Hyatt Regency and King's Village Hotels.