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Duke Kahanamoku

""The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man's heart away from nature becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to"

Seabrook Island, SC, USA
male, age 114
married
Speaks: english
Joined Jan 21, 2009


 
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“Each such cycle is a unique event; diet, choice, selection, season, weather, digestion, decomposition and regeneration differ each time it happens. Thus, it is the number of such cycles, great and small, that decide the potential for diversity. We should feel ourselves privileged to be part of such eternal renewal. Just by living we have achieved immortality - as grass, grasshoppers, gulls, geese and other people. We are of the diversity we experience in every real sense. If, as physical scientists assure us, we all contain a few molecules of Einstein, and if the atomic particles of our physical body reach to the outermost bounds of the universe, then we are all de facto components of all things. There is nowhere left for us to go if we are already everywhere, and this is, in truth, all we will ever have or need. If we love ourselves at all, we should respect all things equally, and not claim any superiority over what are, in effect, our other parts. Is the hand superior to the eye? The bishop to the goose? The son to the mother?” - Bill Mollison

 
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Hometown Honolulu, Hi 
Homepage http://www.dukekahanamoku.com/ http://www.hawaiianswimboat.com/duke.html  
Birthday Aug 24, 1900  
Languages english  
About Me Duke Kahanamoku Day is a celebration of the evolution of surfing.
Created to honor and celebrate an international icon, Duke Kahanamoku.
A legendary man who shared his love of one of surfing with Australia.
Bringing together surfers across the world, Duke Kahanamoku Day is much more than getting as many waves as you can.
Rather, it is about the impact Duke had then and retains now within the soul of surfing.
Its a chance for us to find out a little more about the Aloha spirit that Hawaiians live by including ways to honor and live respectfully,
and in harmony with our coastal environment.

www.dukesday.com
  Introduce yourself to Duke
  Lifestyle
Pets 6 cats  
Activist Aspirations Rabid
Political Leaning Very Liberal
Religions  
Eating Habits vegan  
Wild Fact About Me cardiomyopathy survivor - new heart transplant in 2010
almost 4 years out, I've been married over 1/2 of my life
My Philosophy Duke once said, "I have never seen snow and do not know what winter means. I have never coasted down a hill of frozen rain, but every day of the year where the water is 76, day and night, and the waves roll high, I take my sled, without runners, and coast down the face of the big waves that roll in at Waikiki. How would you like to stand like a god before the crest of a monster billow, always rushing to the bottom of a hill and never reaching its base, and to come rushing in for a half a mile at express speed, in graceful attitude, of course, until you reach the beach and step easily from the wave to the strand?" Duke Paoa Kahanamoku was related by blood to Bernice Pauahi Paki Bishop, "the last of the Kamehamehas." In the period of 1909-10, he began to get others interested in longer alaia-type surfboards. "They grew from eight to nine feet or so," wrote another legendary surfer, Tom Blake, in his book Hawaiian Surfboard, published in 1935. "Duke's new one being ten feet long and three inches thick."
What Gives Me Hope Duke favored traditional Hawaiian customs and manners. He spoke Hawaiian as much as he could, preferred Hawaiian foods like poi and lau-lau (fish), and saw more in the old Hawaiian surfboard and canoe designs than most anyone else of his time. In his youth, he was perhaps stricter about the traditional designs than he would later become. There's this story about a surfer nicknamed "Mongoose," who sharpened the rounded nose of his board so that he could more easily cut left and right across wave faces. Duke watched from a distance, disapproving, but saying nothing. One day, when Mongoose's pointed-nose board was left unattended, Duke "liberated" it and sawed off the nose altogether. Yet, Duke declared that even while he was still attending school, "I was fired up with a mania for improving the boards and getting the most out of the surf. I was constantly redoing my board, giving it a new shape, new contours, new balance. Others, too, began building new boards and experimenting in various ways. Everyone wanted to outdo the other. Apparently my enthusiasm was catching. No one was content to simply come up with the best possible board; everyone wanted to excel as a surfer -- and the rivalry was keen. I, for one, spent countless hours working at every phase of controlling my boards in the waves, trying new approaches, developing new tricks. When I wasn't at school, I was in the surf."
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by 1890 August 24, born in Honolulu. First surviving child of
Duke and Julia Kahanamoku, Fullblood Hawaiians
~life by the drop~
{{Hello there, my old friend
Not so long ago it was 'til the end
We played outside in the pouring rain
On our way up the road, we started over again

You're living a dream as though you're on top
My mind is aching, Lord, it won't stop
That's how it happens living life by the drop

Up and down that road in our worn out shoes
Talking 'bout good thangs and signing the blues
You went your way and I stayed behind
We both knew it was just a matter of time

Living a dream as though you're on top
My mind is aching, Lord, it won't stop
That's how it happens living life by the drop

No waste of time, we're alive today
Turning up the past, there's no easier way
Time's been between us, a means to an end
God, it's good to be here walking together, my friend

Living a dream, my mind starts thinking
That's how it happens living life by the drop
That's how it happens living life by the drop
That's how it happens living life by the drop}}


1893 Family moved to Waikikis Kalia area

1896 Enrolled in first grade at Waikiki-kai Elementary School

1899 Kahili bearer at Princess Kaiulanis' royal funeral

1903 Transferred to Kaahumanu Elementary School

1904 Entered Kamehameha School for Boys

1908 Member of Kamehameha Schools championship soccer team

1908 One of the founders of Hui Nalu Canoe Club

1910 Transferred to Mckinley High School

1911 Broke 3 freestyle world records in his first races, in Honolulu Harbor

1912 Won Olympic gold medal and set world record for 100-meter freestyle,
Stockholm; also won a silver medal on the 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay team

1912 Introduced surfing to U.S.A Atlantic Coast

1914-15 Introduced surfing to Australia and New Zealand

1915-1932 Helped popularize swimming and surfing in California

1917 Rode a monster wave 1-1/8 miles at Waikiki on a finless board, probably the
longest ride in modern times

1918 Swam in exhibitions In about 30 mainland cities to raise money for
Liberty Bonds for the U.S. war effort. Bolstered the popularity of swimming.
Reinforced Hawaii's reputation as preeminent provenience of world class
swimmers-through the next decade

1919 - 1921 Won 9 National Gold Medals in swimming

1920 Recommended surfing as an Olympic event.

1920 Antwerp Olympics; gold medals in 100-meter freestyle and 4 x 200-meter
freestyle relay, fourth place in water polo

1924 Qualified for the US Olympic swim team with his two brothers, Sam & David

1924 Paris Olympics; silver medal in 100-meter freestyle

1922-1930 Lived in Los Angeles; Played small parts in about 30 movies

1925 Heroic board rescue of 8 drowning men at Newport Beach, California

1928 Qualified for US Olympic swim team & competed in Amsterdam Olympics

1932 Los Angeles Olympics; awarded bronze medal as alternate on the U.S. water
polo team

1934 Elected City and County of Honolulu Sheriff. re-elected 12 times

1940 August 2, married Nadine Alexander

1956 Official representative at Melbourne Olympics

1960 Sheriff position abolished when Hawai'i achieved Statehood and government
reorganized. Appointed Hawai'i's Ambassador of Aloha.

1963 Third visit to Australia to judge surf races

1964 Official guest at Tokyo Olympics

1965 First person inducted into both the swimming Hall of Fame and the Surfing Hall
of Fame

1965 First annual Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surf Meet, Sunset Beach

1968 January 22, died in Honolulu; Waikiki beachboy funeral

1969 Plaque and bust dedicated at Huntington Beach, California

1984 Posthumously inducted into U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame

1990 Statue dedicated at Waikiki on centennial of his birth

1990 Duke Kahanamoku Way dedicated at Rockaway Beach, New York

1994 Statue dedicated at Freshwater, Sydney, Australia

1994 Biarritz, France Surf Festival named in his honor

1994 First name inscribed in the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame

1994 Identification plaques placed on Waikiki statue on his birthday

1999 Duke was named Surfer of the Century by Surfer Magazine

2002 United States Post Office issued a stamp to honor Duke.
Born on August 24, 1890, "he was among the last of the old Hawaiians, raised next to the ocean at Waikiki," wrote Timmons. As the eldest son, Duke was named after his father. His father was named "Duke" in July 1869, following an official visit to the islands from the Duke of Edinburgh, when some families named their sons after him. When Duke gained worldwide recognition for his Olympic swimming gold medals, there were attempts made to link him to royalty, because of his name. Duke would always humbly reply, "My father is a policeman." Duke was baptized in the ocean according to ancient custom. His father and uncle took him out in an outrigger canoe when he was a small boy and threw him into the surf. "It was swim or else," Duke later recalled. "That's the way the old Hawaiians did it." Duke and his brothers were encouraged by both parents and, no doubt, other relatives as well. His brother Sargent remembered, "Mother used to tell her children, 'Go out as far as you want. Never be afraid in the water.'" Waikiki Grammar School was located directly across from the beach. After school, the only logical thing for the kids to do was hit the water. Attending the school along with Duke were his sister and five brothers; Sam, Dave, Billy, Louis and Sargent. "All we did was water, water, water," Louis remembered. "My family believes we come from the ocean. And that's where we're going back."
What/who changed my life and why small voices documentary, Years of surfing, rough-water swimming and canoe paddling as a boy and then as a young man molded Duke Kahanamoku into a superb athlete. "He had glistening white teeth, dark shining eyes, and a black mane of hair that he liked to toss about in the surf," wrote Timmons. "He stood six feet one and weighed 190 pounds. He had long sinewy arms and powerful legs. He had the well-defined upper body that all great watermen possess, his 'full-sail' shoulders tapering down to a slim waist and a torso that was 'whipcord' tight." As impressive as the rest of his body was, his hands and feet were extraordinary. A veteran Outrigger Canoe Club member remembered that Duke's hands were so large that when he scooped up ocean water and threw it at you in fun, it looked like a whole bucket of water coming your way. "He could cradle water in his hands, cupping it between his palms, and just shoot a fountain at you. It came with great force. He would often cross his hands in the water -- slapping the surface -- and it would just be boom! boom!" Whether fact or fiction, some claimed Duke could steer a canoe with his feet alone. "He had fins for feet," declared Rabbit Kekai. "He didn't need a paddle."
What Bugs Me tea baggers and other dumbasses, Destroying the planet !!!, Corporate Media, corrupted sonofabitches, abusive people, Anime cruelty, Drunk Drivers  
Passions other cultures, nature, music, LIFE!!!, laughter, environment, Energy Healing And Love, animals  
Inspirations music, the beauty of nature, the sound of the ocean  
What Scares Me War - Cruelty - Greed - Indifference, snakes, I refuse to let myself be afraid  
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Role Models sarah vaughn, elle fitzgerald, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr  
Quotation In his teens, Duke dropped out of high school and took up the life of a beach boy, gathering daily with other beach boys by a hau tree at Waikiki. This is where the original expression "beach boy" actually comes from. Together, Duke and his peers surfed, swam, repaired nets, shaped surfboards and sang. This group was the nucleus of what later became the Hui Nalu, one of the very first surf clubs. As the best waterman among the formidable group of young watermen at Waikiki, Duke became the group's leader. He set a good example. He did not drink or smoke and if he did get into a fight it was after being hassled and even then he would not punch, preferring to slap, instead. He seldom raised his voice. He used his eyes to communicate what he didn't vocalize.
Interests fitness and sports- yoga, Body/Personal Care, wildlife, recycling, reading, national parks, gardening, fitness, environment  
Books spy novels  
Music Ella Fitgerald, too hard a question, rock, blues, celtic, Rock and Roll, Classic Rock  
Movies The Crow, comedy, Amelie  
TV Shows PBS  
Favorite Foods veggies, Vegetarian chinese food, whole foods - organic vegan, fruits and veggies from my garden, chocolate, fruit  
Favorite Places Hawai'i, Cumberland Island  
Can't Live Without animals, native american way of life, books, nature, laughter, music  
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    Duke, Wishing you a very Happy Birthday with many happy returns. I hope your day is special for you.


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    Happy Birthday to you, Duke, with a great pianist who will arrive the 24 playing the Moonlight Sonata just for youl 

    Luv your way always.

    Cheers

    Marie *flowers2*

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    Early happy birthday wishes Duke!

    I will be away for a while...

    have a lovely time!


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    Wishing you a Happy Friendship Day not only today but each & every day. Thank you for your friendship!



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