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Noble Duke Kahanamoku honored

Hawaii's Ambassador of Aloha

Noble Duke Kahanamoku honored

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Honolulu CEO Anton Smith recently attended a lei draping ceremony in Waikiki in honor of Duke Kahanamoku's 129th birthday. He shared information about the foundation set forth by this legendary Noble (Shriner) and the good work that our organization continues to do today for the children of Hawaii and the Pacific Basin.

Duke Kahanamoku is revered as Hawaii’s greatest athlete. The winner of six Olympic medals, including three gold medals in swimming, Duke is recognized as the “Father of International Surfing.” In his prime, Duke was the world’s fastest swimmer, the most influential person in promoting surfing worldwide, and a champion canoe paddler and steersman.

Later in life, Duke was widely recognized as Hawaii’s Ambassador of Aloha and was made a Noble in the Aloha Temple (chapter) in November 1951.