Name: Duke Kahanamoku
Sports: Swimming, Water Polo
Event(s): 100-meter Freestyle, 4x200 Freestyle; Team
DOB: 8/24/1890
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
Olympic Experience
  • Three-time Olympian (1912, 1920, 1924); five-time Olympic medalist (3 golds, 2 silvers)
  • Stockholm 1912, gold (100-meter freestyle), silver (4x200 freestyle)
  • Antwerp 1920, gold (100 freestyle, 4x200 freestyle)
  • Paris 1924, silver (100 freestyle)
Personal: Son of Duke Halapu Kahanamoku and Julia Pa’akonia Lonokahikina Paoa...One of eight siblings...Named Duke in honor of his father, who was born during a visit by the Duke of Edinburgh to Hawaii in 1869...Founded the Hui Nalu Surf Club in 1911...Participated in the first Amature Athletic Union swimming event held in Hawaii in 1911...Widely known for developing the flutter kick technique...Also excelled at surfing, becoming one of the sport’s first icons as the father of modern surfing...Taught the Prince of Wales how to surf in 1920...Acted in motion pictures intermittently beginning in the 1920s...Served as sheriff of the city and county of Honolulu from 1932-61...Nicknamed the Bronze Duke of Waikiki.