Olympics, Duke Kahanamoku and the King of Sweden, 1912.

THE KING OF SWEDEN AND DUKE KAHANAMOKU OF HAWAII.

July 10—The news spread around the world of the standing of the Hawaiian boy, Duke Kahanamoku. There were thousands gathered in the capital of Sweden, wanting to catch a glimpse of the hero of Hawaii.

Those days became one of joyfulness because Duke captured the title, champion of the world. Duke was taken by the Committee in the vicinity of where the main Committee was announcing the finishers and their times in which they swam.

Gathered there as well was the King, Queen, and the Heads of State of other Nations, when the winner was announced along with his time. The skies were filled with cheers. And it is said that the voices ringing out in the skies were like the roar of thunder. At this time, the hand of the King was seen waving to the Duke of Hawaii, as he was standing all alone as is the general case with the Hawaiian People, a humble Lahui; and so of this Hawaiian, who hesitated to go and meet with a famed King of the world, but the King kept waving him forth, but at this time, the King stood and said, “I am happy to meet you, the one who dwarfed the swimming records of the world. And then right there after, the King introduced Duke Kahanamoku to the Queen who sat near by who had smiles for the dark-faced [maka poniponi] boy of Hawaii, and he thanked them for this honor granted him, humbly and unpretentiously.

(Hoku o Hawaii, 9/18/1912, p. 2)

KA MOI O SUEDENA AME DUKE KAHANAMOKU O HAWAII

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke 7, Helu 7, Aoao 2. Iulai 18, 1912.

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