Duke has a hard name to pronounce… 1918.

WHEN IT COMES TO A SWIMMING RACE, Duke Kahanamoku is as hard to beat as his name is to pronounce, and then some. Experts say this world’s champion is the last word of perfection in sprint swimming.

(Evening Public Ledger, 8/24/1918, p. 20)

WHEN IT COMES TO A SWIMMING RACE...

Evening Public Ledger and The Evening Telegraph, Volume IV, Number 294, Page 20. August 24, 1918.

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Duke on the American Olympic Team, 1912.

HAWAIIAN ATHLETE.

Duke Kahanamoku.

Athletes of the United States are looking to Duke Kahanamoku, full-blooded Hawaiian, as the only man on the Olympic team from this country who has a chance to win a place in the swimming events.

Kahanamoku is one of the best swimmers ever developed in Hawaii. The warm waters there make it possible to spend the whole day in the surf without becoming chilled, and from childhood the Hawaiians swim more than they walk, that is the younger ones do.

Duke has been tried out repeatedly and his speed and endurance won him a place on Uncle Sam’s Olympic team.

(Day Book, 7/3/1912, p. 29)

HAWAIIAN ATHLETE.

The Day Book, Volume 1, Number 240, Page 29. July 3, 1912.

Duke Kahanamoku Off to Hollywood, 1936.

Kahanamoku Asks to Go to the Land of the Haole

Duke Kahanamoku [Kuke Kahanamoku] submitted his request to the Board of Supervisors [Papa Lunakiai] to allow him to go with John Ford [Keoni Ford], a director [lunanui] of a movie company in Hollywood, to the land of the haole and to take a leave until the 7th of January of next year.

During his leave from his office, Charles H. Rose [Kale H. Rose] will take care of all of his duties.

(Alakai o Hawaii, 11/19/1936, p. 3)

Noi O Kahanamoku E Holo I Ka Aina Haole

Ke Alakai o Hawaii, Buke 9, Helu 33, Aoao 3. Novemaba 19, 1936.

Duke donating time to make warm clothing, 1918.

In this picture is seen Duke P. Kahanamoku, the swimming champion of Hawaii nei making warm clothing in his spare time on the shore of Waikiki. The young girl watching him is named Miss Kathryn Jackson of Kalakaua Avenue who heard much of Kahanamoku going to make clothes, and she thus wanted to see it for herself.

(Kuokoa, 4/5/1918, p.1)

Ma keia kii e ikeia ana o Duke P. Kahanamoku...

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LVI, Helu 14, Aoao 1. Aperila 5, 1918.

Duke saves lives, 1925.

SENT WAS A MEDAL GIFTED TO KAHANAMOKU.

Because of the brave and fearless rescue carried out by Duke P. Kahanamoku, the famous swimming champion of the world, just recently at Newport, California, in saving the lives of eight people from death, he was sent a gift of a medal to honor him, last Wednesday with a letter from Governor Farrington.

The news of this rescue carried out by Duke P. Kahanamoku arrived in this town, therefore,  some people of Honolulu donated a sum of money to purchase a medal to present to him.

This presentation medal was sent along with a letter from the governor to Lorrin Andrews, living in Los Angeles, as the president of the Hawaiian Club of South California [Kalapu Hawaii ma Kalepooni Hema], and from that club the gift will be given to Mr. Kahanamoku.

[I noticed today’s post by Bishop Museum announcing their upcoming exhibit on this hero, Duke Paoa Kahanamoku!]

(Kuokoa, 8/27/1925, p. 4)

HOOUNAIA HE MEDALA MAKANA IA KAHANAMOKU.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXIV, Helu 35, Aoao 4. Augate 27, 1925.

The Kawaihau Glee Club, 1904.

[Found under: “SOCIETY”]

The famous Kawaihau club, now reorganized under Charles Hopkins, who has done so much for Hawaiian music, and which has delighted society with its playing from the time of Kalakaua until now, gives, under the patronage of the Princess Kawananakoa, a dance at the Young Hotel on Friday evening next for which tickets are on sale at the drug stores, Wall Nichols, McInerny’s and Wichman’s.

Eighteen first class musicians, players and singers both, will give dancers a treat never before planned on such a scale. The musicians of the club are: Major Kealakai, Charles Palikapu, Sam Nainoa, John Edwards, John K. Nahaolelua, George K. Nahaolelua, Z. Kapule, Solomon Hiram, Jim Shaw, Jim Kulolia, Joe Kulolia, H. Keaweamahi, H. Paakea, Duke Kahanamoku, William H. Keawe, Ben Jones, Kalani Peters, and the program starting with a grand march at 8:30, and including a schotische and medley, reads as follows:

1.  Grand March and Waltz ….. Amistad
2.  Two Step ….. Hula o Makee
3.  Waltz ….. Wahikaahuula (Princess Kawananakoa)
4.  Two Step ….. Manoa Anuanu Wau
5.  Waltz ….. Waialae
6.  Two Step ….. He Manao
7.  Waltz ….. Hiu No Wau
8.  Two Step ….. Maunaloa

Ten Minutes Intermission.

9.  Waltz ….. Ko Leo
10. Schottische ….. Koni Au Ika Wai
11.  Two Step ….. Tomi, Tomi
12.  Waltz ….. Pulu Pe Ike Anu
13.  Two Step ….. Ai Aka Honehone Ana
14.  Medley ….. E Maliu Mai

EXTRAS.

1.  Two Step ….. Waikiki Mermaid
2.  Waltz ….. Halona
3.  Two Step ….. Lau Vabine
4.  Waltz ….. Puu o Hulu

Sonny Cunha is to be floor manager.

(Pacific Commercial Advertiser, 6/19/1904, p. 6)

The famous Kawaihau club...

Sunday Advertiser, Volume II, Number 77, Page 6. June 19, 1904.

Tragedy shaping Duke Kahanamoku, 1910.

DROWNED WITHOUT RECEIVING HELP.

In the afternoon of this past Sunday at perhaps 4 or so, while a group of young children were swimming ocean side of the Moana Hotel, there was a youngster swimming with them by the name of John A. Aguiar, a 12 years old Portuguese child. While this crowd of children were surfing and playing in the ocean, a group of them swam out to a bunch of boards floating in the ocean, and when they reached this heap of boards, the boy was with them, the one amongst them who was tired out from being buffeted and overwhelmed by the waves. After resting and regaining their breath, they all returned back to the shore, and the Aguiar boy amongst them swam all the way to Seaside Hotel; he had not swam very far when he called out for help.  His swimming friends thought that this was him joking, so they paid him no attention.

When these children came ashore, one of their fellow children asked about Aguiar, and this is what some of them said. “He was calling for help. Why didn’t you help him?” They said, “It was probably Aguiar’s fooling around.” But because Aguiar’s clothes were found laying out, it was realized that this boy was lost.

This Monday morning, the body of this child was found in the shallows near the Moana Hotel by Duke Kahanamoku, Jr. There were no bruises on his body except for the ears where it was nibbled and nipped at by the small fish of the shore.

In Monday evening, his funeral was performed with sadness, regret, and aloha of the his family and friends.

[Perhaps this is one of the reasons why Duke was so involved in water safety and rescue. And if anyone is motioning or calling for help in the water, don’t assume that they are playing around!]

(Kuokoa Home Rula, 8/12/1910, p. 3)

PIHOLO A MAKE ME KE KOKUA OLE IA.

Kuokoa Home Rula, Buke VIII, Helu 32, Aoao 3. Augate 12, 1910.