Surfing Legend Duke Kahanamoku Gets A Stamp

Duke Kahanamoku

In 2002, Hawaii’s most famous waterman, Duke Kahanamoku, was honored with a U.S. postage stamp. Find out why the Hawaiian surfing legend and Olympic swimmer continues to inspire many around the world today.

Surfing Legend Duke Kahanamoku Gets A Stamp
Aired on Public Radio International’s The World,
August 24, 2002
By Heidi Chang

You can buy a new 37 cent commemorative stamp starting this weekend. It sports the image of none other than Duke Kahanamoku. If you’re a connoisseur of Olympic history, you’ve heard of the Hawaiian born swimming star. He won a slew of medals in the games, way back when. And if you’re a surfer dude, you either know Duke Kahanamoku, or you should know him. He popularized surf boarding around the globe. From Waikiki, Hawaii, Heidi Chang reports:

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Duke Kahanamoku Stamp


Duke Kahanamoku
Duke Kahanamoku | Photo courtesy of the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation and Malama Pono

Surfing Legend Duke Kahanamoku Gets A Stamp won a Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter First Place Award for public service reporting in 2002.


Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation
Each year, the foundation honors the legacy of the Duke on his birthday, August 24, and celebrates with a week of activities known as Duke’s OceanFest in Waikiki.

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