Duke Kahanamoku victorious, 1917.


In the swim race of 220 yards held in the evening of this past Wednesday, makai of pier nine, between Duke Kahanamoku and Norman Ross, Duke Kahanamoku carried the win and all of his fellow swimmers dropped behind him.

It is said that in the swim race, Duke Kahanamoku broke the world record, and his swimming speed this time was faster than his last. At the start of the race when the contestants jumped in, Norman was consistently ahead until he reached the other side. But when turning back for the goal, Duke Kahanamoku exerted himself in swimming and went ahead of the haole and the others and took the win.

Those behind Duke Kahanamoku stood up crazily because of how very happy they were at Kahanamoku taking the victory. As for the supporters of Norman Ross, they were dejected like a chicken drenched in water [kukule lakou e like me ka moa i pulu i ka wai].

Long live Hawaii because of Kiuke.

[I particularly liked the chicken image, and I have never seen Duke written as Kiuke.]

(Aloha Aina, 9/15/1917, p. 1)


Ke Aloha Aina, Buke XXII, Helu 36, Aoao 1. Sepatemaba 7, 1917.

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