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Duke Kahanamoku statue
Photo courtesy of Chuck Painter

Duke Kahanamoku Statue

Three-time Olympic gold medalist, movie star, beach boy, the legendary Duke Paoa Kahanamoku has been dubbed "ambassador of surfing" having introduced surfing to the world. Early Hawaiians originated hee nalu (wave sliding), which was part of their warrior training. The beach behind the Duke statue happens to be one of the best swimming and surfing spots in Waikiki.