Duke Kahanamoku ‘father of surfing’ is honored by Google Doodle (Download PDF)


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About Duke Kahanamoku: Duke Kahanamoku was born on 24th August 1890 in Haleakala, Honolulu of Hawaii in USA and he died on 22nd January 1968. He was a swimmer by profession of ethnic Hawaiian background in America.

Image of Duke Kahanamoku

Image of Duke Kahanamoku

Honored by Google Doodle

  • He was also known as an actor, lawman, early beach volleyball player and businessman because he spread the sport of surfing.
  • He was a member of the U. S. Olympic Hall of Fame.
  • He also appeared in 14 movies.

His achievements:

  • He received Olympic medals five - times in swimming.
  • He was the first swimmer who had received both the Swimming Hall of Fame and the Surfing Hall of Fame.
  • To give him honour ‘The Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championships’ is taken as named.
  • Hawaii music promoter Kimo Wilder McVay gave the name “Duke Kahanamoku’s” to his Waikiki showroom.
  • There is also a bronze statue of him at Waikiki beach in Honolulu honoring him.

About the honour from Google Doodle:

  • The Google Doodle displayed on their homepages to Honours the Hawaiian - American competition swimmer, Duke Kahanamoku.

About Google Doodle:

  1. Google Doodle provides special and temporary change of the logo on Google’s homepage.
  2. It is planned to make logos to celebrate holidays, events, achievements and people.
  3. The first logo was made by Google Doodle was in honor of the Burning Man Festival of 1998.

- Published/Last Modified on: August 24, 2015


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