Standing tall and spreading the Aloha Spirit at Waikiki Beach
is the "The Duke Statue
." Famous for being an Olympic swimmer, Duke Kahanamoku
is widely regarded as the first international ambassador of surfing, almost everyone who walks Kalakaua Avenue
in Waikiki stops to take a picture with "The Duke Statue
If you're going to take a surf lesson in Waikiki, rub Duke's right foot for good luck!
Just next to the statue is Duke's Waikiki, a restaurant dedicated to his legacy and has the best view in Waikiki to watch surfers!
After dedication on August 24, 1990, The Duke Statue
instantly became a landmark and an icon in Waikiki. Duke Kahanamoku
introduced surfing to the world, and was the greatest swimmer his time. Winning gold and silver medals, he competed in 4 different Olympic games. He was even breaking records as an amatuer before qualifying for his first Olympcs in 1912.
His achievements and influence on surfing are memorialized with his statue, and he is one of the most celebrated figures in Hawaiian history.