Google Doodle for today …. “Celebrating Duke Kahanamoku’s 125th birthday”!!


~~August 24, 2015~~ 


Google is celebrating Duke Kahanamoku’s 125th birthday

Legendary Hawaiian surfer and Olympic-medal winning swimmer Duke Kahanamoku, who would have turned 125 on August 24, 2015, is being honored with a Google Doodle.

He is often credited with helping to popularize the sport of surfing, but he also was a five-time Olympic medalist in swimming, served in the military, was the longtime sheriff of Honolulu and served as the “Ambassador of Aloha” after Hawaii became a state.

Kahanamoku died in 1968 of a heart attack at the age of 77.

Doodler Matt Cruickshank’s artwork features the iconic surfer and his trademark smile, along with his 16-foot wooden surfboard.


Duke Kahanamoku was born August 24, 1890 in Honolulu, Hawaii, and grew up on Waikiki. His father was a policeman, according to a New York Times biography.

He was the first of nine children of Duke Halapu and Julia Paoa Kahanamoku, according to, a website set up to honor his legacy.

He was named after his father, who was named by Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop in honor of the arrival of England’s Duke of Edinburgh to Hawaii in 1869. His family called him by his middle name, Paoa.




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5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

He Was Known as the ‘King of All Swimmers’ & Shattered World Records in His 20s

He Pulled 8 Fishermen From the Water in 1925 in a ‘Superhuman Rescue Act’

He Used His Fame as a Swimmer to Bring Surfing to the U.S. Mainland

He Served as an Ambassador for Hawaii & Helped Push for Statehood

He Was Honored With a Bronze Statue in Waikiki


According to the New York Times, Kahanamoku also dealt with racism during his life because of skin color, including a time when he was refused service at a restaurant in Lake Arrowhead, California, that told him, “We don’t serve Negroes.”

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Duke Kahanamoku: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know


~Duke Kahanamoku Google Doodle~

125th Birthday

Published on Aug 24, 2015

The story of Duke Kahanamoku

The Hawaiian who, in 1912, first drew the world’s collective gaze upon the art of surfing — reads like mythology.

Born in Honolulu in 1890, he is credited in over a dozen feature films, surfed the world’s most imposing swells before Californians knew what surfing was, won five Olympic medals in swimming and was elected sheriff of his beloved home county thirteen times.
Monday’s Google Doodle wants to wish a big happy birthday to Duke Kahanamoku, the father of surfing. Known as the Ambassador of Aloha, Kahanamoku traveled the world.


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