Samuel Kahanamoku saves a tourist’s life, 1916.


Outside of Waikiki one afternoon last week, Samuel Kahanamoku, the younger brother of the champion of Hawaii nei, Duke P. Kahanamoku, became  the rescuer of a young visiting woman from drowning in the ocean.

There were two women swimming together and when the second woman saw that her partner was in trouble, there was nothing she could do; she could just stand and watch as she was filled with fear.

Luckily Samuel Kahanamoku was nearby, and when he saw the trouble that the young visiting woman was in, he began to swim until he reached her and he worked to pull her to shore.

With effort, S. Kahanamoku pulled her to the shallows, carried the woman up to land, and her life was saved.

Samuel Kahanamoku did not boast of his deed in saving the visiting woman, the only thing he said was that he carried out that action as if it was something he had to do when he saw someone in trouble.

(Kuokoa, 3/17/1916, p. 2)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa,  Buke LIV, Helu 11, Aoao 2. Maraki 17, 1916.


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