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The Duke Kahanamoku Statue, a Waikiki Attraction
Posted by Ali'i Beach Rentals | Monday, August 6, 2012

Here's a fun thing to do while you're in Waikiki. Take a stroll down to the statue of Duke Kahanamoku. Click Here for a map and directions. This Waikiki landmark is a must see for every visitor to the island of Oahu. Duke's outstretched hands welcome our visitors with the spirit of Aloha (love). Usually the statue will have fresh leis around Duke's neck and hands which makes for some amazing vacation photos. No trip to Waikiki Beach is complete without a family photo with Duke!

Would you like to make your friends and family back home jealous? Go to the Duke Statue, call your family back home and have them view the webcam in front of the statue. Then wave hello to the poor suckers back home! I'm in Hawaii and you're not... ha ha! All kidding aside, this is a fun thing to do on your Waikiki vacation.

Who was Duke Kahanamoku?  Duke grew up on the boarders of Waikiki and spent much of his youth as one of the Waikiki Beach Boys. Waikiki Beach was where Duke developed his skills as a swimmer and surfer which would eventually enable him to see the world. Duke went on to win multiple Olympic gold metals for swimming in the 1920's. During his travels as a professional swimmer Duke made the sport of surfing known throughout the world as well. You have to remember that at this time surfing was a sport that was only done in Hawaii. Yes, the world fell in love with Duke and fell in love with his surfing! It's also notable that Duke Kahanamoku is the only person ever to be inducted into both the Swimming Hall of Fame and the Surfing Hall of Fame. This was truly a remarkable accomplishment. Duke also had numerous roles in Hollywood films and enjoyed mingling with the stars and spreading Hawaii's warm culture abroad.

However, Duke was most known for the way he showed the Aloha Spirit to everyone he met. It didn't matter if you were his friend or a newcomer to Ohau, Duke had a way of making you feel right at home. At his passing in 1968 Duke was remembered for being the loving and charismatic man that he was, and he is sincerely missed.

There is a restaurant in Waikiki called Duke's Canoe Club which was named after this important Hawaiian icon. The restaurant is set up like a tribute museum to Duke and his accomplishments. With his fully restored koa outrigger canoe in the lobby as well as memorabilia and photos of Duke throughout, it feels like a trip through Waikiki's rich heritage. Oh yeah... did I mention they have great food and a world class ocean front view as well? Actually, I recently visited Duke's Canoe Club for dinner with my family. Click Here to read about our experience.

It is important to all of us here at Ali'i Beach Rentals that you find the perfect vacation rental for your dream Waikiki Vacation. Please take a moment to view some of our beautiful, yet surprisingly affordable Waikiki Vacation Rentals. We are sure to have something to please everyone. A warm Aloha from all of us here at Ali'i Beach Rentals!

Written by
Kai Jack, RA

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